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Grantham people urged to donate blood over the Christmas period

People across Lincolnshire are being asked to give blood over the festive season too.

Blood stocks vary across the year but tend to dip from mid-December to early January, in part due to winter ailments making it impossible for some donors to donate.

For those fortunate enough to escape the coughs and colds, their attention is likely to be on the more usual Christmas activities, not donating blood.

NHS call on people to donate blood. (13985905)
NHS call on people to donate blood. (13985905)

“And this is what needs to change if we are to address the festive drop in blood stocks,” said Dr David Baker, GP and chairman of the South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

“We’re not saying don’t do the usual Christmas things, but we are asking people who are well and able to donate blood if they can.”

There is a particular need for O-negative, B-negative and A-negative donors to give blood, as well as those people with rare blood types.

In addition, NHS Blood and Transplant is asking its blood donors to encourage their friends to donate in 2020. In addition to local centres where people can donate blood, NHS Blood and Transplant has 23 permanent donor centres – visit www.blood.co.uk to find out more.

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