Donating blood remains essential for the NHS battling COVID-19

Blood donors in the West Midlands are being urged to keep donating as normal if they are fit and healthy.

Blood donors in the West Midlands are being urged by NHS Blood and Transplant to keep donating as normal if they are fit and healthy, as much of the region remains under local COVID-19 restrictions.

The region’s permanent donor centre in Birmingham is open as usual and has plenty of appointment availability, while in Coventry there are currently three ‘pop-up’ locations where appointments can be made at:

  • The Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Lane, CV1 2HA
  • United Reformed Church, Baginton Road, CV3 6FP
  • Wyken Community Centre, Westmorland Road, CV2 5BP

Jane Whistance, Area Matron for the West Midlands, thanked local donors for their “fantastic response” throughout the pandemic, adding that it is thanks to them that the “blood stocks have remained good.”

“With local COVID-19 restriction measures continuing in Birmingham, I’d urge anyone in the area who has an upcoming appointment to donate blood to please stick to it if you can – and anyone considering becoming a blood donor to book their first appointment”, Jane added.

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, extra safety measures have been introduced across all blood donation sessions.

A temperature check has been introduced to the triage process as an additional measure to protect staff and donors. If a donor has a temperature of 37.5 or above, which is a COVID-19 risk factor, they will not be able to donate or enter the session.

When entering, hand gels and handwashing facilities are available, donors are spaced apart and staff are doing extra cleaning.

Donors are required to wear a face covering and keep it on throughout their time on session, removing it only for refreshments.

NHS Blood and Transplant said around 5,000 units of blood need to be collected each day, used for treating trauma, cancer and much more, with each donation saving up to three lives.

To book an appointment or find out more, download the NHS Give Blood app or visit blood.co.uk.