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Winter vomiting bug hits supply of blood donations
10:26am Tuesday 8th January 2013 in News
BLOOD stocks have taken a battering in the area this festive season as the outbreak of Norovirus forced donors to cancel appointments.
The winter vomiting bug is thought to have affected thousands across the country this Christmas.
Now Jon Latham, Assistant Director of Marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We would like to urge all O- donors to walk into their most convenient donor session to give blood to help rebuild stock levels.”
While donations are needed for most blood groups, those with type O blood are being encouraged to donate due to the rarity of the ‘universal’ group.
Approximately seven per cent of the population has O- blood, a type which can be used with any other group, making stocks vital in emergency situations.
Mr Latham added: “We are always grateful to donors who respond to calls such as this and appreciate that in doing so they do give up some of their precious time. Waiting times may vary in the next few days as we try to accommodate all donors.
“Demand for blood never stops and O donors can help to ensure healthy blood stocks in the upcoming weeks, by giving blood now and in the next few days.”
Anyone in good health aged between 17 and 65 and weighing more than 50kg are eligible to donate at a local session.
If you would like more information, to book an appointment or to find a local blood donor session, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit blood.co.uk LAST month Sutton Manor Primary school closed its doors as 60 students and staff were affected by sickness, thought to be Norovirus.