The NHS have launched a new campaign to increase the number of blood donors. I have been a donor for several years. It does not hurt! It is NOT scary and there are seldom any side effects. PLEASE PLEASE try it! You never know when you will be the one in need of blood!!
News: Global call for blood donors of the future
Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016
Global call for blood donors of the future
- Blood services around the world join Missing Type campaign to reverse decline in new donors.
- Survey reveals 30% drop in new donors across 21 countries last year compared to decade ago
- NHS Blood and Transplant says younger and more diverse blood donor community needed in England
- Campaign launches 16th August 2016
Every second three people across the world receive a life changing blood transfusion.
And every minute, thanks to blood donors, three units of blood are issued to hospitals in England to treat patients.
But NHS Blood and Transplant is uniting with blood donor organisations across 21 countries to highlight an almost 30% international drop in people becoming blood donors compared to a decade ago.
The number of people becoming donors and giving blood for the first time in England decreased by 24.4% in 2015 compared to 2005.
NHS Blood and Transplant – which first held Missing Type in England and North Wales in 2015 – this year brings together 25 blood services from 21 countries in a global campaign to call for new blood donors to ensure blood donation for future generations.
Throughout the campaign As, Bs and Os, the letters of the main blood groups, will disappear in everyday and iconic locations around the globe. And patients from around the world have thanked blood donors in a moving video to highlight that in a world without As, Bs and Os, they would not be here.
Across the Missing Type countries, which cover one billion of the world’s population, there are some differences in the numbers of donors and blood groups most in demand but all share the need for more new donors.
In England, the focus is on a particular need for more young blood donors and more black and Asian donors.
Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, the service that collects, tests and processes blood for hospitals across England, said: “Blood donation is an amazing gift. Transfusions save lives and transform health for millions across the world. Every donation can help or save up to three patients and last year in England alone 900,000 people gave blood – helping up to 2.7 million patients. Whether it is patients receiving treatment for cancer, blood disorders, after accidents or during surgery, or new mums who lost blood in childbirth, blood is an absolutely essential part of modern healthcare.
“Thanks to the generosity of our current donors, hospitals have the blood needed to treat patients and there is not a crisis in blood stocks. Despite overall blood use in hospitals declining, we need more young donors to safeguard blood donation for future generations. And it’s vital the blood donor community reflects the diversity of the population because blood types vary across communities and patients need well-matched blood.
“Don’t worry if you’ve never given blood before and don’t know what blood group you are – you find out shortly after your first donation. What’s important is that you register as a donor and book your first appointment to donate. We particularly need new A negative and O negative donors, and people willing to become dedicated platelet donors.”
A number of high profile brands and organisations are backing the campaign, with Microsoft, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Boots and Manchester City amongst organisations featuring in a new TV advert that will also be seen across social media. Other major supporters include Lloyds Bank, and Royal Mail, who is issuing a special postmark to support the campaign. The postmark will be applied to millions of items of stamped mail from Tuesday 16 August to Friday 19 August.
NHS Blood and Transplant’s donor recruitment work, including last year’s Missing Type campaign, the introduction of a digital real time booking system, and the use of social media to recruit new donors, have led to people signing up and starting to donate. But new donors are needed every year to replace those who can no longer donate as well as ensure the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs now and in the future.
Barriers to people becoming blood donors identified by blood services taking part in the Missing Type campaign include:
Wider and more exotic travel
People having less time to give in an increasingly busy world
Lack of awareness of the process
Lack of awareness about the need for more diverse blood donors
Fear of needles
You can start donating blood across the UK from age 17. But last year in England only around 1 in 10 (11%) of blood donors were aged between 17 and 24, while more than half (54%) were aged 45 and over.4 Younger donors are important to ensure blood donation for future generations.