World Blood Donor Day: More Warrington blood donors needed
MORE people gave blood in Warrington last year than before the pandemic, according to new figures, as the NHS pushes for more to register ahead of World Blood Donor Day.
Each year, the NHS Blood and Transplant Division releases donation figures ahead of the annual event, which falls on June 14 and raises awareness of the need for safe blood around the world.
This year, the NHSBT is calling on more donors to come forward after seeing a drop in donations across England during the coronavirus pandemic.
NHSBT figures show 2,719 people donated blood in Warrington in the year to March – an increase from 2,303 the year before, and higher than the year to March 2020 , when 2,409 people donated.
The organization said demand for blood had plummeted during the pandemic as hospitals suspended routine care – but more donors are now needed due to a drop in recruitment and the resumption of hospital activity.
He has set a target of nearly 175,000 new donors nationwide – including 20,358 in the North West – to make up the shortfall.
The NHS is particularly short of O-negative and B-negative blood types, and is encouraging people to get tested to see if they have rare and in-demand blood that could save lives.
Head of Blood Donation Marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, Alex Cullen, said: “The NHS needs more donors over the next five years of all blood types.
“We especially need more black African and black Caribbean donors to help sickle cell patients.
“A mass public campaign is being organized this National Blood Week and throughout June to identify those whose blood types are most needed.
“This year we are encouraging more people to donate and find out their blood type – it’s quick and easy.”
Figures for Warrington show 391 new donors gave blood for the first time in the year to March – up from 227 the year before, but higher than the year to March 2020, when 318 people gave for the first time.
The number of new people registering to donate blood in the region is below pre-pandemic levels, with 1,048 people registering in 2021-22, down from 1,359 in 2019-20.
Across England, the number of blood donors has been declining for some time.
In the year to March, 789,840 people donated, while 878,612 did so to March 2016.
Blood donations are made across the country, at established centers and by traveling NHS blood donation teams.
Register to donate blood and make an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23, downloading the GiveBloodNHS app or visiting blood.co.uk.