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NHS: We urgently need blood

Save a life, give blood

23 January 2021

The NHS urgently need blood and you could help to save a life by attending one of the Carlisle-based donation sessions.

Sessions with slots available are to be held in Carlisle is at The Shepherds Inn on Tuesday 4 February and Monday 22 February. 

We are working closely with the NHS to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic and we need people to keep donating as normal.

We have extra safety measures in place and every precaution is being taken to eliminate the risk of covid-19 transmission at our blood donation sessions.

Having an appointment to give blood is classed as essential travel and will be exempt from any local or national travel restrictions.     

Black, Asian and minority ethnic donors are also specifically needed right now, because:  

  • Some patients who receive frequent blood transfusions need blood to be closely matched to their own. 
  • A number of blood conditions, like sickle cell disease which is treated through blood transfusions, most commonly affect black, Asian and minority ethnic people.
  • The best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background.  

While people from all communities and backgrounds do give blood, fewer than 5% of our blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

This is despite BAME communities representing around 14% of the population. We want to try and readdress this balance.  

Whether you are a new or regular donor, please visit download the NHSGiveBlood app or call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment today.     

Thank you for helping us to save lives.

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