Blood stockpiled over winter swine flu fears
Aug 21 2009 By Emma Davison
PEOPLE in Huddersfield are being urged to give blood now to save lives this winter.
NHS Blood and Transport (NHSBT) has launched the appeal to avoid a shortage of stocks as regular donors fall ill with swine flu.
The need for blood donors is ever present, with hospitals in Yorkshire using 3,397 units of blood each week.
But the dip in winter donations is expected to be greater this year due to a combination of seasonal and swine flu.
As people can’t give blood when they have flu, the NHSBT needs to build up stocks now to prepare for the second wave of the virus expected in the autumn and winter.
To help with this, a new campaign has been launched using the message: "Don’t wait to donate – and bring your mate."
The aim is to encourage regular donors to recruit a friend and encourage first-time donors to take a ‘blood buddy’ with them for support.
Around 7,000 donations are needed each day to keep hospitals stocked with the blood they need for transfusions and treatments for people fighting cancer, having operations, women giving birth and road traffic accident victims.