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Friday, 19 April 2013

Can you give blood and help save a life?

The NHS is appealing for more people to give blood, and has issued a new list of blood bank sessions in the area.

What you should expect from an NHS blood donor session;

If you've never given blood before you'll probably wonder what our Blood Donation Sessions are and what happens there. They can take place at regular intervals at your local community centre, church, sports club or even daily at one of our 24 permanent sites across England & North Wales. At all of our Blood Donation Sessions you will see our highly skilled blood collection team including an NHS registered nurse, who will all take great care of you.

You can book an appointment to attend by calling our Helpline on 0300 123 23 23 or book online You can also just walk in without an appointment, but unfortunately we can’t guarantee how long your wait will be. Be prepared to be there for about an hour in total, especially if it’s your first time as you’ll get a bit more care and attention.

You’ll be welcomed in and asked to complete a few simple questions about your medical history and lifestyle to make sure it is safe for you to donate and safe for a recipient to receive your blood. If anything is of question to you or our team, the nurse will be on hand to talk to you further, all in the strictest confidence. From there you’ll have your iron levels tested by a simple finger prick test; this is to make sure you have enough iron in your blood to donate. You'll then be called to a donation bed where you’ll sit back and relax to give your donation using new, sterile, high tech equipment.

In a short period of time after donation you'll have yourself a drink and a biscuit safe in the knowledge you have just helped to save or improve someone’s life.


Sessions this month include;

Redhill: Harlequin Theatre and Cinema, Warwick Quadrant, London Road, Redhill. Tuesday April the 30th 2-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm.

Wallington Public Hall, 3 Stafford Road, Wallington. Wednesday, May the 1st, 2-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm.

Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road. Sunday, the 5th of May, 10am-2pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:34 am  

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