People urged to give blood ahead of World Blood Donor Day

Nene Clinical Commission Group is supporting The World Health Organization by encouraging blood donors to come forward on world blood donor day, Tuesday 14 June 2016.

The theme of this year's day is 'blood connects us all', which focuses on thanking regular blood donors and highlights the connection between blood donors and patients. The campaign aims to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation. It also aims to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood and motivate people in good health who have never given blood to start doing so, particularly young people, which is one of the lowest age ranges giving blood.

Blood transfusions are needed for:

* Women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth;

* Children with severe anaemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition;

* People with severe trauma following man-made and natural disasters; and

* Many complex medical and surgical procedures and cancer patients.

Giving blood saves lives and improves people's health which is why we are encouraging anyone who is eligible to donate blood, the age at which people can donate is commonly between 17-65 years old. 450 millilitres of blood is taken, which the body replaces within 36 hours. In most countries, people can safely give blood every 4 months.

If you would like more information about giving blood you can visit the website: or call 0300 123 23 23.