Help keep blood stocks up during summer months

Blood donors are needed in the Harborough area
Blood donors are needed in the Harborough area

People in Harborough are being asked to think about donating blood during the summer months – a time of year when stocks traditionally run low.

Some blood group stocks can dip in the summer and with red blood cells only having a shelf life of 35 days and platelets a shelf life of five days, blood cannot be stockpiled.

A spokesman for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “Because of this, it is important that both existing and new blood donors come forward during the summer months, so we can ensure that vital supplies of blood are available for the patients that need them.

“Every blood donation is vital, but NHS Blood and Transplant particularly needs to ensure supplies of the universal blood group O Rh Negative which is often in short supply as demand is so great. We also need to ensure supplies of the rarer blood groups A Rh Negative, B Rh Negative and AB Rh Negative as these are also vulnerable to shortfall.”

To book an appointment to donate, either visit www.blood.co.uk or phone 0300 123 23 23 to find the nearest sessions in the Harborough area.