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Suffolk blood donors still needed during the coronavirus, says NHS




The NHS has appealed for blood donations during the coronavirus crisis.

The service has said the number of people donating has dropped, which may put pressure on reserves if the trend continues.

Extra cleaning measures have been taken to ensure there is no risk for donors, the service has clarified.

A man makes a blood donation in Bury St Edmunds
A man makes a blood donation in Bury St Edmunds

An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson said: “We need people in Suffolk who are fit and healthy to keep donating as normal during the coronavirus outbreak.

"We've put extra safety measures in place and safety is always our number one priority.

"We’re now doing extra cleaning and this week we’ve started triaging everyone who arrives so only people with no risk factors can enter the donation area.”

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“A lot of people have called us asking if sessions are still going ahead.

"We need them to know that our sessions and donor centres are still open and that travel to a blood donation sessions is essential for the NHS.

"Blood donation is a reason to do something amazing. Blood donation saves lives.”

"We’re regularly reviewing the situation and working closely with the Department of Health."

“We’re asking donors in Suffolk to follow the latest advice on our website and app and the advice from the Government.

"We’re regularly reviewing the situation and working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, PHE, and the UK’s other blood donation services. Donations have dropped though our stock levels are currently still good because hospitals are cancelling routine operations.

"We need people to keep donating to make sure we can keep supplying the blood hospitals need in the coming weeks and months. Patients and doctors are relying on us to be there.”

To make appointment to donate or for more information, call 0300 123 23 23, download the NHS Give Blood app, or visit www.blood.co.uk

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