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Save or improve lives by giving blood

Posted on August 23 2011 at 3:02:34

National Health Service Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) will soon be starting sessions at Lickey Parish Hall on Old Birmingham Road. The first of these will take place on Mon Oct 24, from 1.30–3.30pm and 4.30–7.30pm.

Area Donor Services Manager Rebecca Guest is asking local residents to help support the sessions where NHSBT is looking to collect 90 units of blood. Each unit of blood can potentially save or improve the lives of up to three patients, so local residents could be making the difference to 270 lives in just one day.

Almost 4,000 units of blood are used in hospitals in the West Midlands every week to treat people suffering from leukaemia, cancer, sickle cell anaemia or thalassemia; people who suffer trauma through accidents or problems in childbirth, or those who are undergoing general surgery.

Anyone aged over 17, weighing more than 7 stone 12 lbs and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

To make an appointment in Lickey, please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit http://www.blood.co.uk

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