Blood and Transplant

Give Someone Another Summer – Don’t Forget to Donate Blood in Dorchester on 8, 15 and 29 August 2019.

NHS Blood and Transplant is reminding donors in and around Dorchester to give blood throughout the summer to help those who need it most.

Regular donations are vital because stocks are more vulnerable at this time of year. People get distracted by holidays, sporting events and the warmer weather, and stocks can fall.

All three blood donor sessions taking place in August 2019 in Dorchester have a lot of appointment slots waiting to be filled so we can maintain blood stocks over the summer.   Sessions are being held at United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester.  DT1 1BL.  Session times 12:45 to 15:30 and 16:30 to 19:30

Donations are needed through the year because NHS Blood and Transplant cannot stockpile blood. It can only be stored for 35 days. Hospitals in and around Dorchester rely on blood being available 365 days a year.

The blood you donate is used to treat critically ill patients, whether they have had cancer, a blood disorder, been in an accident, or if they lost blood in surgery or childbirth.

Jon Latham, Assistant Director of Donor Relationship Services at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We really need our loyal donors in the Dorchester area over the summer because while stocks can dip, hospital patients need blood all year round.

“If you can make and keep an appointment you will be doing an incredibly important thing – helping us to save and improve lives. So it is important to keep your appointment if you can or change it as soon as possible. The cancelled slot can then be reallocated to someone else.”

He added: “Nationally, we need 135,000 new donors each year to replace those who can no longer donate for reasons such as ill health, pregnancy or foreign travel, and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to match patient needs in the future.”

  • Make and keep your appointment to donate at by using the NHSGiveBlood app, by calling the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23, or visiting blood.co.uk

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