Do you have universal blood?

Peter Hudson, blood transfusion clinical specialist for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Peter Hudson, blood transfusion clinical specialist for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
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FYLDE coast blood donors are being urged to come forward and give blood after a recent drop in people attending appointments.

The blood service is particularly keen to see donors who are O Rh negative, as their ‘universal’ blood can be used on patients with a different group.

Winter illnesses, such as norovirus, are being blamed for an increase in people cancelling their appointments towards the end of December and in the New Year.

Peter Hudson, blood transfusion clinical specialist for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Maintaining an adequate stock of all blood types is critical to delivering essential treatments to our patients.

“In particular, O-donors perform a specific role because their blood can be transfused to patients of all blood groups – which can be particularly important in emergency situations.”

People can have chance to donate on Friday, January 25 at Bispham Community Centre, on Bispham Road and Tuesday, January 29 at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, between 2pm and 4pm and 5pm until 7.30pm.

For more information, visit the website www.blood.co.uk