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Watch Out! They’re after your blood

PUBLISHED: 20:01 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

A BAND of officials and experts are heading for the Isle of Dogs in East London this week... after people’s blood.

They turn up on Friday (May 23) to try and sign up shoppers as blood donors ahead of the Bank holiday.

A BAND of officials and experts are heading for the Isle of Dogs in East London this week... after people's blood.

They turn up on Friday (May 23) to try and sign up shoppers as blood donors ahead of the Bank holiday.

The recruitment drive for the National Blood Service is in the foyer of the ASDA supermarket in East Ferry-road, Millwall, between 11am and 3pm, aimed at boosting hospital blood stocks in the summer months ahead.

Two May bank holiday weekends traditionally distract many regular donors away from attending sessions, they have found. Holidays and outdoor activities present the same challenge in the summer.

Red blood cells, usually transfused to patients with anaemia and severe blood loss, last around 35 days.

But platelets used to treat leukaemia and cancer patients and those with severe infections only have a 'shelf' life of five days, they point out.

The transfusion service needs 7,000 blood donations every day to supply hospitals up and down the country. London hospitals alone use around 6,000 units a week.

Two donor sessions are also planned on June 24 at the Dockland Settlement at 197 East Ferry-road, Cubitt Town, Isle of Dogs, afternoon 2-4.30pm and evening 5-7.30pm.

New donors need to be between 17 and 59 to give blood, including their 60th birthday, have be in general good health and weigh over 7st 12lbs. Regular donors can give blood up to 70 years old.

Appointments to give blood can be done on the 24-hour National Donor Helpline: 08457-711711, or online, where donor sessions are also listed:

www.blood.co.uk


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