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Urgent appeal for more blood; Save a life Give blood.

AN urgent appeal for blood has been issued after a recent fall in donors.

The NHS Blood and Transplant team are in desperate need of donors with O negative and B negative blood.

They said stocks were low due to a Bank Holiday 'drop-off' in donations and an increase in demand for certain blood types.

First-time and regular donors are being urged to give blood now as a result.

Mike Stredder, director of blood donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, highlighted low stocks of O negative blood as a 'longer-term problem'.

It's increasingly being used as an emergency substitute for Ro-type blood, a rare subtype more common in black people.

There isn't enough Ro blood stock to meet demand.

As a result, the NHS Blood and Transplant team has issued an urgent appeal for more people from the black community to give blood, saying it needs at least 40,000 new black donors to help patients in need.

O negative is a 'universal' blood group used when a patient's blood type isn't known.

Call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:May 31, 2018
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