Luton & Dunstable University Hospital is supporting the NHS blood donations appeal for people to make and keep appointments to give blood before Christmas.
Patients need lifesaving transfusions throughout the year but during December blood donations drop. There are around 1506 blood donors in Luton. Each blood donation they make will save up to three lives.
There is a dedicated blood donor centre at St Georges Square, 2-4 Bridge Street, Luton LU1 2NF
Emma Martin, Donor Centre Manager said: “We are supporting this appeal because Patients in Luton will need life-saving blood over the festive season. Please don’t wait for Christmas though – donate now. Hospitals need blood to be ready for the festive season.
She added, “Please keep your appointment when you have one – patients need you to be there.”
NHS Blood and Transplant said it needs blood throughout November and December to build up stocks for the Christmas break.
This appeal is specifically for existing blood donors – people who have already donated before.
Blood donations drop because people have Christmas plans and shopping and they are more likely to have winter colds. There can be spells of bad weather which put people off travelling to sessions. However seriously ill hospital patients need blood throughout the year in Luton.
Jon Latham, Assistant Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’re really grateful for Luton & Dunstable University Hospital’s support because this is a critical time of the year.
“If you can’t keep your appointment over the festive season, give us 72 hours’ notice and rebook. If you can’t find an appointment, please check 24 hours prior to your session as we always have last minute cancellations.”
People who want to donate for the first time probably won’t be able to find an appointment because NHS Blood and Transplant is prioritising existing donors.
New donors who can’t see an appointment should not worry. NHS Blood and Transplants needs blood all year round and is asking people to make an appointment to donate in the New Year.
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