Blood and plasma donations in all Tiers essential for NHS during strictest Covid restrictions

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Blood, plasma and platelet donors in all Tiers are urged by the NHS to keep attending as normal if they are fit and healthy.

Giving blood and plasma – including in Tier 4 – is classed as essential travel and donation sessions will stay open, with appointments remaining as normal.

This important reminder follows a fresh appeal from NHS Blood and Transplant for blood and platelet donors to make an appointment over Christmas and New Year if they don’t already have one.

Donors are also asked to keep to their appointment if they can, to help build blood stocks ahead of a potentially challenging winter period.

The only two days of the year that blood donations are not collected is Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with appointments available on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

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An extra 1,500 units of blood is currently needed every week and extra appointments have been added across the country to help meet this need. Permanent donor centres in major towns and cities generally have the best appointment availability.

Extra safety measures are in place. Donors are triaged with a temperature check on arrival. Hand gels and hand washing facilities are available, donors are spaced apart and staff are doing extra cleaning. Staff and donors wear face coverings.

Donors are reminded to follow all relevant Government transport guidance when making a journey to give blood.

Each donation can save or improve up to three lives.

Book appointments and check the latest guidance on Covid-19 and giving blood by calling 0300 123 23 23, downloading the NHS Give Blood app, or visiting the website blood.co.uk.

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