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Existing blood donors in Manchester are being urged to fill empty appointments at the city’s Norfolk House donor centre over Easter to help keep blood stocks stable.

Blood stocks are more likely to drop around public holidays like Easter when people go on holiday or enjoy days out with the family and don’t donate.

Right now there is a particular need for donors with O positive and O negative and B negative blood types, though all types remain in demand.

Blood is needed to treat patients with cancer, blood disorders and those suffering medical trauma or undergoing surgery. Each donation can save or improve up to three lives.

Existing donors who are eligible to donate are being urged to make and keep an appointment at Manchester Norfolk House donor centre where there are plenty of spare appointments. Currently three in ten appointments over the next two weeks are available to book.

Peter Baughan, Head of North Region at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We currently have enough blood to meet demand but stocks are vulnerable. As we enter the Easter period it is vital that we continue to collect enough blood.

“We need our amazing donors in Manchester who are fit and healthy – especially those with O blood groups and B negative – to make and keep an appointment for the next few weeks or re-schedule with good notice.

“If you used to donate blood but haven’t done so in a while, please come back if you can – our fantastic team at Manchester Norfolk House donor centre will be delighted to welcome you.  Every appointment counts this Easter.”

NHS Blood and Transplant currently has enough blood and services to hospitals remain as normal, but stocks are currently one day below the usual six day target. Donor and staff absences – mostly due to seasonal illnesses and Covid-19 – are putting pressure on its ability to maintain consistent stocks.

Existing donors and those who have donated in the past are more likely to be able to donate successfully and their blood types are known, so during stock builds they are key to ensuring the right volume and mix of blood and blood products. 

For those who have already made an appointment there is a plea to help ensure as many donations go ahead as possible by keeping to the appointment or giving as much notice as possible – ideally seven days – if there is a need to reschedule so the slot can be offered to another donor.

  • Norfolk House donor centre is located at Norfolk House, Brown Street, Manchester, M2 1DA. 
  • Book appointments and check the latest guidance on covid-19 and giving blood by visiting www.blood.co.uk, calling 0300 123 23 23 or downloading the NHS Give Blood app. 
  • Give blood and help save or improve up to three lives.