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Extra safety measures for blood donors include triaging on session

Extra safety measures are being put in place for blood donors in the Post area.

 

People in West Sussex who are fit and healthy are being asked to keep donating as normal during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Staff say they have put extra safety measures in place and safety is, as always, their number one priority.

 

Extra cleaning is being done and this week they have started triaging everyone who arrives so only people with no risk factors can enter the donation area.

 

An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesman said:  “A lot of people have called us asking if sessions are still going ahead. We need them to know that our sessions and donor centres are still open and that travel to a blood donation sessions is essential for the NHS. Blood donation is a reason to do something amazing. Blood donation saves lives.

 

“We’re asking donors in West Sussex to follow the latest advice on our website and app and the advice from the Government. We’re regularly reviewing the situation and working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, PHE, and the UK’s other blood donation services. Donations have dropped though our stock levels are currently still good because hospitals are cancelling routine operations. We need people to keep donating to make sure we can keep supplying the blood hospitals need in the coming weeks and months. Patients and doctors are relying on us to be there.”

 

To make appointment to donate or for more information, call 0300 123 23 23, download the NHS Give Blood app, or visit www.blood.co.uk

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