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Mar 03 2012

Give Blood – South Harrow – March 17, 2012

If you’re generally healthy, and aged between 17 and 65, do something amazing… Give blood.

Most people can give blood. If you are generally in good health, age 17 to 65 (if it’s your first time) and weigh at least 50kg (7st 12Ib) you can donate. If you are female, aged under 20 years old and weigh under 65kg (10st 3lb), we need to estimate your blood volume before donating. You can give blood every 16 weeks, that’s approximately every four months.

Although most people are potentially able to give blood, some are not.

There are a variety of reasons why we might ask you not to give blood, but they fall into two main categories. Firstly, if evidence suggests that donating blood could potentially harm you, then to protect your safety we would ask you not to donate. Secondly, if evidence suggests that your donation could potentially harm the patient receiving it, then we would ask you not to donate.

This would include the situation where a specific behaviour may have put you at a higher risk of an infection which could be transmitted to a patient by blood.

Many of the rules implemented in the UK on who can give blood are a requirement of European law. However, there are a number of expert committees that regularly review the evidence relating to exclusions and deferrals from blood donation. Policies which specifically relate to the safety of blood for patients are recommended to the Government by the independent advisory committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO). A key part of their work is to ensure that the policies applied by the UK Blood Services are based on the best available scientific evidence.

You can give blood here:

WELLDON PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
WYVENHOE ROAD
HARROW
MIDDLESEX
HA2 8LS

Times: 09.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 16.00 on March 17, 2012. Call 0300 123 23 23 to book a session.

Do something amazing. Give blood.

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