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Flu epidemic hits hospital blood don or supplies

PUBLISHED: 12:33 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

THE winter flu epidemic has led to a huge fall in blood donors this New Year festive season. Urgent blood stocks needed by hospitals have fallen by 10 per cent because donors are suffering with flu and cold, the National Blood Service has revealed

THE winter flu epidemic has led to a huge fall in blood donors this New Year festive season.

Urgent blood stocks needed by hospitals have fallen by 10 per cent because donors are suffering with flu and cold, the National Blood Service has revealed.

More than 7,000 blood donations are needed every day to help patients needing transfusions up and down the country.

Now an appeal is under way for those eligible to give blood to turn up at donor sessions during January.

Two sessions are being held in East London at the Marriott Hotel in West India Quay, 22 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, on January 9. They are 9.30-11.30am and 1-4pm.

Two more are planned on January 26 at the East Wintergarden at 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, 9.30-11.30am and 1-4pm.

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