Giving blood & Giving Back

Hello everyone, I hope you are well.

Today I thought I’d write a post that I am quite passionate about and that’s giving blood. When I turned 17 I booked my first appointment to give blood and nervously went on my own and donated my first pint.

I haven’t always been able to give blood for various health reasons but when I have been able to I have always got myself booked in. It is so important and vital for the country to have regular donors and it does make you feel like you are giving something back.

Some facts about giving blood.

  • We need over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England. Which is why there’s always a need for people to give blood.
  • Each year we need approximately 200,000 new donors, as some donors can no longer give blood.
  • Most people between the ages of 17-65 are able to give blood.
  • Around half our current donors are over 45. That’s why we need more young people (over the age of 17) to start giving blood, so we can make sure we have enough blood in the future.

So what happens?

So the process is pretty quick and relatively painless and depending on how busy it is, they aim to have you done within the hour of your appointment. You turn up and give them your form. (which you will receive in the post before your appointment) They then give you a booklet to read whilst you drink a pint of water. (to ensure your hydrated) Your name will be call and you’ll be taken into a little area where they prick your finger to check that they can take your blood, and if its all fine then your good to go.

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You’re then sat down in the chair and asked which arm is your preference (I go for my right purely because I’m a Lefty) They take your blood pressure and wipe your arm down (cleanliness is important!). Next is the bit that might make you cringy which is putting the needle in. (honestly if you don’t look, its not half as bad) you feel it for a second and bam your good to go. . . Five or ten minutes later and you’re done. Plaster on with a biscuit awaiting your arrival.

My Top Tips

  • Ensure you eat and drink enough on the day of your donation.
  • Stay calm and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • If your feeling nervous get a friend to book in and do it together! (Strength in numbers!)

And that’s about it really. The nurses are always really welcoming and calm and are happy to answer any questions that you might have!

How do I give blood?

So the easiest way to donate is visit www.blood.co.uk and get yourself booked in. It is honestly such a worth while cause with little to no effort needed. It really does save lives!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. And maybe comment with your top tips for giving blood?

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