‘Donate With A Mate’ This Christmas With The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service

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‘Donate With A Mate’ This Christmas With The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service:

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During December, over 2,000 people will need to receive some form of blood transfusion and this demand is difficult to maintain during winter months.

The next local donation session is at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Clandeboye Road, Bangor, BT20 3JW on Tuesday 13th December 2016 from:

1.30pm to 4.00pm and 5.15pm to 8.00pm

Text BLOOD to 60081

Call 0500 534 666

Visit www.nibts.org

Blood Donation:

Age

  • Donors can donate once they have reached their 17th birthday.
  • 1st time donors can donate up to their sixty-sixth birthday.
  • Regular donors (i.e. those who give at least one donation in a two year period) can continue to donate beyond 70 years, provided they remain otherwise fit and well.

Weight

  • Donors should weigh at least 50kg (7 stone 12 pounds).
  • If you are a female & aged less than 20 years old additional height and weight criteria apply. We need to estimate your blood volume before deciding if you can donate.
  • There is no upper weight limit. However, our donation beds will safely accommodate a donor weighing up to 25 stone (158kg).

Blood Count

Donors need to have an adequate haemoglobin (blood count) to donate. Haemoglobin levels have been set at 12.5g/dl for females and 13.5g/dl for males. Donors will have their blood count checked each time they come to donate. We do this by taking a tiny drop of blood from the fingertip.

How often can I donate?

Female donors can give blood every 16 weeks (every 4 months or 3 times in a 12 month period). Male donors can now give blood every 12 weeks (every 3 months or 4 times in a 12 month period). NIBTS will however continue to send out invitations to both male and female donors approximately every 16 weeks.

 

 

Kate Hayes

Author: Kate Hayes

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