THE process of giving blood has become more comfortable with the introduction of new chairs.
For the past two months, the Portsmouth area has been trying out new chairs to donate blood.
Currently donors lie on a bed. But the chairs have upright and reclining positions, making it easier for donors to get comfortable and into position for donating.
And donor staff also find them easier to set up and move around.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), has been using beds for the past 10 years, which needed replacing, and the chairs were chosen instead.
Long time donor Andy Peat, 66, of Prince’s Drive, Waterlooville, has been a donor since the 1970s.
The retired local government officer said: ‘I started in the 70s. My wife at the time heard about donating blood and went along.
‘I thought I would give it a go too.’
Since then Mr Peat has clocked up 42 donations.
For him the chairs have been the biggest change he has witnessed.
He said: ‘It’s definitely a good move.
‘They are much more comfortable and convenient.
‘They are also saving on space. When I went to the session in St Wilfred’s Church Hall, I noticed there was much more space and more room to manoeuvre.
‘From my point of view, it’s brilliant as they are much more comfortable.’
There are 10 chairs being used in the Portsmouth area.
Diana Goodyear, session manager for NHSBT, said: ‘Donor satisfaction and comfort is very important to us.
‘We couldn’t provide our service without the dedication of our donors.
‘In Portsmouth there are 10 donor chairs being used at most of the sessions.
‘Since the introduction of the chairs, the feedback from donors has been great.’
She added: ‘The upright position that the chair provides has proved to be a hit with many donors as the positioning is more comfortable and the chairs are easy to get in and out of.
‘They can also be transported easily.’
To donate, visit blood.co.uk.