Giving blood and plasma in Hemel Hempstead remains essential during restrictions, urges NHS

It is classed as essential travel - even under Tier 4

Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 10:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 10:04 am

Blood, plasma and platelet donors in Hemel Hempstead are being urged to keep attending as normal if they are fit and healthy.

Giving blood and plasma – including in Tier 4 – is classed as essential travel and donation sessions will stay open, with appointments remaining as normal.

This reminder follows a fresh appeal from NHS Blood and Transplant for blood and platelet donors to make an appointment over Christmas and New Year if they don’t already have one.

Giving blood and plasma remains essential during restrictions, urges NHS

Donors are also asked to keep to their appointment if they can, to help build blood stocks ahead of a potentially challenging winter period.

The only two days of the year that blood donations are not collected is Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, with appointments available on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

An extra 1,500 units of blood is currently needed every week and extra appointments have been added across the country to help meet this need.

Permanent donor centres in major towns and cities generally have the best appointment availability. Extra safety measures are in place.

Donors are triaged with a temperature check on arrival. Hand gels and hand washing facilities are available, donors are spaced apart and staff are doing extra cleaning. Staff and donors wear face coverings.

Book appointments and check the latest guidance on Covid-19 and giving blood by calling 0300 123 23 23, downloading the NHS Give Blood app, or visiting here.