FYLDE Coast residents with blood type O- are being urged to donate ahead of the Olympics next month.
New statistics from NHS Blood and Transplant reveal a gap between demand and supply of blood type O- during national celebrations.
Around the jubilee, demand for type O- blood was 69 per cent higher than donations being made.
All blood types are needed to build stocks in advance of an exceptionally busy summer, but there is particular need for O-donors.
Type O- can be transfused into any patient, regardless of their blood type and is used in more than a tenth of hospital procedures.
Only seven per cent have O- blood – an estimated 300,000 people in the North West.
Barbara Blanche, NHSBT’s lead donor relations manager for Blackpool, said: “We’re appealing to this elite group of blood donors to help prepare for the unprecedented demand expected around the Olympics to make sure our health services have the essential stocks they need. And if you don’t know whether you are O-, donating blood is the perfect way to find out.”
Visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.