Blood donors plea

PUBLISHED: 14:43 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

A donor gives blood

A donor gives blood

According to worrying figures, not enough people are donating blood it in Times Territory. The QE2 and Lister hospitals use almost 12,000 units of blood a year and at present only five per cent of people with an AL postcode give blood, we are told.

According to worrying figures, not enough people are donating blood it in Times Territory.

The QE2 and Lister hospitals use almost 12,000 units of blood a year and at present only five per cent of people with an "AL" postcode give blood, we are told.

This concerning data has caused health bosses to appeal to non-donors, highlighting the significance that a pint of their blood could have in saving a person's life.

They stress the sobering reality that if everyone stopped donating blood tomorrow, there would only be enough blood to last our hospitals eight days.

A spokesman for the NHS Blood and Transport said: "In Hertfordshire we are trying to increase the number of donors in the region as only five per cent give blood.

"That makes it an ongoing challenge for us to collect enough blood for hospitals to provide patients in need of lifesaving treatments."

Where to give

In March, blood donating sessions will take place at the following places:

* Lord William Cecil Memorial Hall, French Horn Lane, Hatfield on Friday (7th).

* Main Hall, Christchurch Baptist Church, Parkway, WGC on Monday, March 17.

* Wyllyotts Centre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar on Tuesday, March 25.

For full details on times, you can visit www.blood.co.uk


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