NHS quashes rumours that blood donations in Lutterworth were stopping.

Delivering blood to hospitals
Delivering blood to hospitals

The NHS has moved quickly to quash rumours that blood donations in Lutterworth were stopping.

The rumours began circulating because volunteer blood donors at the last session at Lutterworth College were told there was no date available for the next session.

“Usually we are given the date of the next blood donor session before we leave” one donor told the Mail.

“Because there was no date given this time, and staff said no future dates had been arranged, we were worried that blood donations were stopping at the college.”

After being contacted by worried Lutterworth people, the Mail put in a call to the NHS Blood and Transplant team to find out what was 
going on.

And this week Richard Shortland, regional head of marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, said it was an administrative hiccup that was to blame, rather than any planned change of venue.

“We want to reassure our loyal donors that the blood donation session we hold at Lutterworth College is continuing” Mr Shortland said.

He said the next chance to donate blood in the Lutterworth area will be back at Lutterworth College, on Bitteswell Road, Lutterworth, on August 18.

“The college has had roofing and glazing works, which meant it was not possible to arrange the date until this week” he explained.

“The college is committed to blood donation and we look forward to our continuing 
relationship.”

And Mr Shortland added: “We thank our donors for their life-saving generosity and we look forward to seeing them at Lutterworth College again soon.”

Donors to the NHS Blood and Transplant Service provide blood, tissue and organ donations to hospitals across the UK.

Each year donors give around two million donations of blood and 3,500 organs – saving and transforming countless lives.

It sounds a lot, but in fact fewer than three per cent of the population regularly gives blood.

You can register to be a blood donor, and even book an appointment to give blood online at www.blood.co.uk