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Weekly Edition - Published 22 May 2015


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Sign Up To Save Lives in Southport and throughout on Merseyside

WITH thousands of patients receiving blood transfusions every year, NHS Blood and Transplant is challenging the people of Southport to make a date to donate and sign up to save lives. Donated blood is vital for a wide variety of life saving procedures in Local Hospitals.

Patients undergoing major surgery and emergency treatment often require blood transfusions, but perhaps less well known is the fact that blood is essential to the treatment for many different types of cancer and blood disorders.

Amanda Eccles, NHS Blood and Transplant's Senior Marketing Coordinator, said:- "Every time someone donates a unit of blood, their donation saves or improves the lives of up to three people. Blood donations are precious.  Regular blood donors in Southport would have helped to save thousands of lives and we cannot thank them enough. Unfortunately, a number of these donors may no longer be able to donate in the future due to health or other reasons so we need people like you to come forward and help ensure patients always get the blood they need."

You can register as a donor, find out whether there is a session coming up in your area and book an appointment to donate whenever and wherever you are through:- Blood.Co.UK or by using the app on your Android, Windows or Apple device. To download an app for your device, search 'NHSGiveBlood' in the app store.

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 2 years to continue donating. 

To find out more about donating blood or to book an appointment, call:- 0300 123 23 23 or visit:- Blood.Co.UK.


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