26/04/2012

Appeal For Blood Donations Ahead Of Olympics

Ahead of the Olympic Games in July the health service have are making an appeal for extra blood donations

As part of a contingency plan to cope with extra visitors coming to the UK NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have said stocks need to be 30% higher than normal by the start of the Games.

Amid concerns that donations may drop off during large national celebrations, like the Diamond Jubilee and other major sporting events, the situation has been described as a potential "perfect storm"; increased demand at the same time as falling supplies.

The Olympics and Paralympics are expected to bring an extra 1.2m visitors to the UK. That will include 15,000 athletes from every part of the world.

During major sporting events or national holidays, blood stocks sometimes dip as regular donors forget to make appointments.

"Every unit of blood saves or improves the life of three people,” Jon Latham, from NHSBT, told the BBC.

“We obviously want to make sure everyone enjoys the Games, and want to make sure that if there are any accidents we have the blood supplies to help them recover quickly."

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