AN urgent plea has been issued for people who have O negative blood in Burton and South Derbyshire to come forward and donate.
NHS Blood and Transplant have issued the call for help after blood stocks in the area dipped during the festive season.
This came as a result of the high number of people needed blood and a fall in the number of people donating due to the time of year.
Jon Latham, assistant director of marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We would like to urge all O negative donors to walk into their most convenient donor session to give blood to help rebuild stock levels.
“We are always grateful to donors who respond to calls such as this and appreciate that in doing so they do give up some of their precious time.
“Waiting times may vary in the next few days as we try to accommodate all donors.
“Demand for blood never stops and O negative donors can help to ensure healthy blood stocks in the upcoming weeks, by giving blood now and in the next few days.”
Donors with blood group O negative are commonly known as the ‘universal donor’ as their blood can be given to patients with a different blood group. This can prove vital in an emergency situation where there may not be time for an immediate blood group testing to be carried out.
A blood donating session will take place from 1pm until 3.30pm and from 4.30pm until 7.30pm at Burton Town Hall on Wednesday, January 16.
Almost anyone between the ages of 17 and 65 can become a new blood donor. And those who are regular donors can continue to donate as long as they are in good health.
Further information about giving blood is available www.blood.co.uk