logo Burngreave Messenger Issue 28 February 2003





Blood donor

The National Blood Service (NBS) is urging local people to think about adding their support at a forthcoming blood donor session.

Blood is a vital part of treatment for a wide variety of patients, including those undergoing surgical procedures and accident and emergency cases. It is also vital for helping patients suffering from serious blood disorders such as leukaemia, and is key in the treatment of sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia.

Helen Shepherd (NBS) told the Messenger, “Hospitals in Sheffield need more than 100 units of blood every single day and we always need more blood donors. In particular, we need to ensure that our donor base reflects every ethnic community, as patients are more likely to find a suitable transfusion match with someone who shares their ethnic background.”

It only takes about half an hour to give blood, it’s virtually painless and the range of biscuits on offer is second to none! What’s more, every donation helps to save or improve someone’s life.

In most cases, anyone aged between 17–60, who weighs more than 7 stones 12 pounds and is in general good health can become a blood donor.

The Sheffield Blood Donor Centre, Church Street, Sheffield is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am–4.30pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm–7pm.

Blood donor sessions are also being held at Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Penistone Road on Sunday February 9th from 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–4pm.

To find out more please contact the national donor helpline on (0845) 771 1711 or visit the website at www.blood.co.uk.


Volunteer giving blood.

Volunteer giving blood.