Giving Blood

Many people consider blood donation but never actually get round to doing it, whether that is down to time, fear or for health reasons. According to statistics, only 4% of UK citizens donate blood. This page is to show you how easy it is to give blood!

This is Andy, our guinea pig. He was a first time donor with a fear of needles but wanted to help. I went along with him to get a better idea of the blood donation process and offer my support. If you’re scared of needles, or are nervous about your first time donating, take a friend! The nursing staff are very welcoming to supporters. Before attending, Andy registered online and signed up for a donation slot at his local drive as a way of reducing his waiting time on the day. Click here for more info on registering and your closest blood drive.

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Upon arrival, Andy went to the registration desk and filled out a health check form and read through important information about donating. A few minutes later a blood screen (small pin prick to the finger) was taken to ensure his iron and hemoglobin levels were right for donation. He then settled down on his donation bed where I was able to join him. Although nervous, Andy was surprised at how quickly and relatively pain free the insertion of the needle was. After about 10-15 minutes the blood bag was full! Donors give around 470ml per session – that s less than a pint! He was bandaged, given a drink and something to eat.

“Giving blood was a nerve racking experience to begin. In truth, it was really easy and I had a great sense of pride in myself knowing that I could help change a life” – Andy

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