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Issue:- 24 October 2014

Save a life with the extra hour this November

WHEN the clocks go back at the end of October, many people will be using the extra hour to spend some time catching up – on sleep, on chores or on exercise. NHS Blood and Transplant would like to remind people in Merseyside that blood donation also takes around an hour, so why not use it to help save a life this autumn instead.

Although overall blood use within the NHS has reduced thanks to improvements in clinical and surgical practices, hospitals and patients still rely on more than 7,000 people attending a donation session every day across England and North Wales.

It is important that vital blood stocks are maintained at all times, as red blood cells have a shelf life of just 35 days and platelets a shelf life of only seven days. NHS Blood and Transplant needs to collect blood of each blood group in the right quantities to meet patient needs and regular donors are crucial in enabling us to do so.

Barbara Blanche, Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said:- “We would love to see people in Merseyside using their extra hour to donate blood. As the weather gets colder there is an increase in people who can’t donate due to colds and flu so we really do need every one who can donate to make the effort to do so. By spending your hour with us you are helping to ensure that patients are able to get the blood they need. So if you are thinking about donating for the first time or you are an existing donor who hasn’t been for a while then please book an appointment to give blood.”

Blood is required to treat patients for a whole range of reasons. It is used in accidents and emergency situations, during surgery and in maternity and neonatal care when either mum or baby need blood. It is also used as a treatment for cancer and for blood disorders, such as sickle cell anaemia.

You can register as a donor, find out whether we’ve got a session coming up in your area and book an appointment to donate whenever and wherever you are through or by using our app on your Android, Windows or Apple device. To download an app for your device, search 'NHSGiveBlood' in the app store.


Liverpool Donor Centre
Unit 6, 2 Moorfields
(Entrance on Dale Street)
Monday/Thursday/Friday/Alternate Saturdays:- 8.20am until 3.30pm - Tuesday/Wednesday:- 12.20pm until 7.30pm

Monday, 3 November
Recreation Hall
406 Pensby Road
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Tuesday, 4 November
The Venue at Town Hall
Hall Lane
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday, 5 November
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre
Cambridge Road
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Friday, 7 November
Westbourne Hall
Westbourne Road
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Saturday, 8 November
Civic Centre
Civic Way
10.00am-12.30pm & 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Monday, 10 November
St Helens RFC
Langtree Park
McManus Drive
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Tuesday, 11 November
Aintree Racecourse
Ormskirk Road
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday, 12 November
The Venue
Civic Way
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Thursday, 13 November
Christ the King Parochial Club
Score Lane
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Friday, 14 November
Our Lady’s Parish Hall
152 Hesketh Lane
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Monday, 17 November
Royal British Legion Club
Lord Street
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday, 19 November
The Foundry
65 Lugsdale Road
1.30pm - 3.30pm & 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Thursday, 20 November
Fleetwood Hesketh Social Club
Fylde Road
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Friday, 21 November
Ecumenical Centre
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Saturday, 22 November
Holy Trinity Parochial Centre
Hoghton Street
10.00am-12.30pm & 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Monday, 24 November
Bootle Leisure Centre
Washington Parade
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Tuesday, 25 November
Arncliffe Community Centre
Arncliffe Road
1.30pm - 3.30pm & 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Wednesday, 26 November
Everton football Club
Goodison Road
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Thursday, 27 November
Heswall Hall
Telegraph Road
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Friday, 28 November
TA Centre
Wexford Road
2.00pm - 4.00pm & 5.30pm - 7.30pm

In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating.

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