Give Selsey the ‘gift of life’ - blood

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NHS Blood and Transplant is appealing for blood donors in the Selsey area to help with life-saving procedures.

Donated blood is a life-line for some in childbirth as well as patients with blood disorders such as sickle cell anaemia and Thalassaemia.

But healthy blood stocks can only be maintained if first-time donors replace those who can no longer give blood.

Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHSBT Michelle Laserna said: “Blood stocks are currently good, but it is vital that new donors in Selsey continue to register and make their first appointments to give blood to replace those who are unable to do so any more.

“O negative is rare, and is especially needed because it can be given to people of any blood group in an emergency. We are also particularly looking for new donors from black and Asian communities, as well as those who are A negative and B negative.

“It is also important that donors who are unable to keep their booked appointment please cancel them as soon as possible so we can reallocate the slot to someone else.”

First-time donors must be between 17 and 66 years of age. To register and to book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

Alternatively, book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store.

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