Meon Valley MP urges more donors to give blood
Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery gave blood this week and urged more donors to come forward following a 40% drop in those willing to give a pint.
George has the rare universal blood type group O-negative and gave his donation on Tuesday at Parliament, but he said that supplies across the UK of all types are running low after the sharp fall over the last decade. “Luckily I have a rare blood type that only 8% of the population has and it can be given to anyone so it’s in much demand for emergencies and when a patient’s blood group is unknown,” he said.
“But the reality is that NHS Blood and Transplant is short of all types of blood so I urge everyone, whatever their blood type, to think about making a vital donation. “It’s really easy to book an appointment online and it takes half an hour to give a pint. But most importantly, the chances are your actions will save lives and that’s a great way to use 30 minutes of anyone’s time.”
Around 204,000 people will have to come forward to donate this year alone in order to keep the nation’s blood stocks at a safe level, experts said earlier this month. The rise of people taking exotic holidays, which can preclude donation, plus longer working hours are some of the reasons for the fall.