London has been identified by NHS Blood and Transplant as one of three key target areas for convalescent plasma donations from people who have recovered from Covid-19.
The blood donor centres in Edgware, West End and Tooting have been remodelled to greatly increase the capacity for plasma donations.
Over the next fortnight (from the w/c May 25), there are 250 plasma donation appointment slots at Tooting Donor Centre, 673 at the West End Donor Centre, and 56 at Edgware Donor Centre.
Nationally, there is a particular need for people to come forward as donors in Manchester, London and Birmingham.
NHSBT is collecting convalescent plasma for a major coronavirus treatment trial, and if the trial is successful, widespread use in hospitals. The antibody rich plasma of people who have recovered can be transfused into people are struggling to develop their own immune response.
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The number of appointments in London will increase further as the national plasma programme expands.
NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people from London who have recovered from Covid-19 following a test or isolating due to the symptoms to offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting www.nhsbt.nhs.uk
People who are male, aged over 35, or needed hospital treatment, are most likely to have the highest antibody levels. Their plasma is most likely to be able to save lives.
Prof David Roberts, NHS Blood and Transplant’s associate medical director for blood donation, said: “Please help your NHS fight Covid-19. Convalescent plasma donation is safe and easy and you could save lives. If you get the call, please donate.”
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