Kettering donor session aims to meet local demand for blood

The Corn Market Hall is hosting the blood donor session
The Corn Market Hall is hosting the blood donor session

An appeal has been maade for volunteers to attend a blood donor session in Kettering next week to help meet demand from hospitals in the region.

NHS Blood and Transplant is holding the session at the Corn Market Hall, London Road, on Tuesday, April 1, and have particularly appealed for volunteers with O negative and B negative blood types.

Volunteers can go along between 1.15pm and 3.30pm and between 4.30pm and 7.15pm. Attendance by appointment is recommended. Appointments can be booked by calling 0300 123 23 23.

Jon Latham, Assistant Director for Marketing at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We constantly monitor donations and blood stocks for all blood groups throughout the year to ensure that we have enough blood to meet the demand of hospitals and patients, and have adequate contingency stocks.

“Stocks of O negative and B negative are lower than we would like them to be and we are asking both O negative and B negative blood donors in particular to call us now on 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment to donate.

“We’re also asking donors of those blood groups who have an appointment coming up to keep it. We hope our fantastic donors respond to this appeal and that they bear with us if there are slightly longer waits than normal on session as a result.”

First time donors should be aged between 17 and 65, weighing at least 50kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.