Fi backs campaign for blood donors

August 26 2016

Bishopston Councillor Fi Hance, Cabinet Member for City Health and Wellbeing, visited Bristol Blood Donor Centre with Bristol residents to support the International Missing Type campaign for new blood donors - a global movement to encourage more people to register as new blood donors.

Blood Donation

Bishopston Councillor Fi Hance, Cabinet Member for City Health and Wellbeing, visited Bristol Blood Donor Centre with Bristol residents to support the International Missing Type campaign for new blood donors - a global movement to encourage more people to register as new blood donors.

Every minute, thanks to blood donors, three units of blood are issued to hospitals in England to treat patients. In Bristol 30,000 units of blood need to be collected this year to meet hospital demand.

Although the overall demand for blood is declining and there is not a crisis in blood stocks, there is a need to ensure blood donation for future generations.

More people are needed to start giving blood to replace those who can no longer donate – for reasons such as ill health, travel, and pregnancy – and a more diverse community of donors to meet patient need. 

Last year, more than half of donors in England were aged over 45. Young donors are needed to ensure the right mix of blood groups for the future. 

Cllr Hance, who donated blood alongside residents at the Bristol Blood Donor Centre on the site of Southmead Hospital, said: “Every blood donation helps or saves up to three people - patients in hospital rely on a regular supply of blood to make sure they get the right treatment at the right time.

“I would urge anyone who is able and willing to donate to register and give blood – you can make a real difference to people’s lives.” 

In Bristol, there is also a particular need for more black and South Asian donors. Last year, 64 black people and 89 south Asian people in Bristol gave blood at least once.

Azza Mustafa, who also donated blood, said: “It’s really important more people register as blood donors, especially those from Black and south Asian communities.

“These communities are under represented when it comes to blood and organ donation but patients from these communities are more likely to have conditions which require regular blood transfusions and need blood that is more closely matched to their own in order to get the best outcome from treatment.

“I’d recommend donating blood to anyone - it’s a quick and painless way to help others and who knows when any one of us, our friends or a member of our family might be in need of a blood donation ourselves?”  

Bristol’s blood donor centre is on the grounds of Southmead Hospital, based at the entrance on Southmead Road, and it is open every weekday and every other Sunday with free dedicated parking for donors and wifi. Each donation can help to save up to three people.

Make your appointment to donate this month by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk