‘Each time they donate blood, they commit an act of selfless heroism’ – Dr Ed Kelley, Director of Service Delivery and Safety at the World Health Organisation (WHO)
14 June marks the annual #WorldBloodDonorDay.
Blood donation has hit recent headlines following the massacre that occurred in Orlando on Sunday, after pleas were issued for blood donors to come forward and help the injured.
Why give blood?
Blood donation is a virtually painless process that takes less than an hour to complete but can save the lives of millions of people worldwide.
Blood is a necessity for many people in emergency or on-going medical treatment and donating blood allows a regular supply of different blood groups and types to be maintained. 6,000 donations are needed every day to meet the needs of hospitals and patients.
Thalassaemia and sickle cell disease are blood conditions that mainly affect people within Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Patients who suffer from these conditions benefit from donations from blood donors from a similar ethnic background. Blood types , such as O Rh positive and B Rh positive are more prevalent within these communities. However, these blood types are rare and not always in constant supply.
Who can donate blood?
Anyone aged 17-66 (or 70 if you have given blood before) can give blood depending on whether you are fit and healthy and weigh over 7st 12lbs. Before donating, questions regarding general health matters, such as medication, pregnancy and travelling outside of the UK may be asked.
If you are a woman under 20 and weigh less than 10st 3lbs, you may need to estimate your blood volume before you donate. This can be done by visiting https://www.blood.co.uk/who-can-give-blood/.
How can you register?
You can now register online to give blood. Once registered, you can find out where to donate and book an appointment.
How much blood will be taken?
Approximately 470ml (just under a pint) of blood is taken. This is only 10% of a person’s blood supply and is replaced by the body in a short period of time. If you are fit and healthy, you should not experience any problems with donating.
How often can you give blood?
Male donors can give blood up to 4 times a year, with the minimal interval between donations consisting of 12 weeks. Female donors can donate with a minimal interval of 16 weeks.
Where can you donate?
Plymouth Grove Donor Centre
Manchester Centre, Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LL
Monday – Friday 11:30-7:30pm
0161 423 4278
7 Brown Street, Manchester, M2 1DA
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 8:30am – 4pm, Tuesday, Thursday – 11am – 7pm
0161 423 5101