27 Nov 2018

Residents in St Helens rose to the occasion find out their blood type and become a donor thanks to the ‘know your type’ campaign run by NHS Blood and Transplant in partnership with NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group and St Helens Council with 50 people being tested and signing up to be donors.

A number sessions took place across the borough - those who wanted to know their type had a finger prick test, giving an indication of their blood group within a couple of minutes. They were then invited to donate at their nearest local blood donation sessions.

Nadine Eaton, Head of Blood Donation Marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “I’d like to thank everyone at St Helens CCG and St Helens Council who supported us in these events and with the ongoing need for blood donors. I’d also like to thank everyone who came along to the events to find out their blood group and I hope in turn they have been inspired to book an appointment to donate blood in the future. We always need new donors, particularly those with rare and valuable blood groups such as O negative. We hope those who have signed up will go on to donate and help us in our continued bid to save lives.”

Dr Mike Ejuoneatse, Deputy Chair and Clinical lead GP for NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group, added:

We were pleased to support this campaign and not only raise awareness of the importance of blood donation in St Helens but also encourage people to sign up to become a donor and give blood at one of the many sessions in the area in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

“Around 6,000 donations are needed every day to meet the need of patients in hospitals across England with the blood used to treat critically ill patients such as people with cancer or other blood disorders, people who have been in an accident, had surgery or after childbirth. The blood people donate really is precious and saves lives.”

NHS Blood and Transplant needs 250,000 new donors this year to replace those who no longer donate for reasons such as ill health, pregnancy or foreign travel and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to match patient needs in the future.

There are 23 dedicated blood donor centres in England - one in Liverpool and two in Manchester for those who work in those cities and find it easier to donate blood during or after work. They are modern facilities with free wifi access.

There are also a number of sessions to collect blood in community venues across St Helens in the run up to Christmas:

St Helens Totally Wicked Stadium Langtree Park, McManus Drive

  • Wednesday 28 Nov 2018 / 10:30 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:00
  • Monday 7 Jan 2019 / 10:30 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:00
  • Monday 4 Feb 2019 / 13:45 - 15:45 and 17:00 - 19:00

Sutton, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chester Lane (Next to Library)

  • Monday 10 Dec 2018 / 13:45 - 15:45 and 17:00 - 18:50

Rainhill, Village Hall Dane Court, Rainhill

  • Tuesday 27 Nov 2018 / 13:30 - 15:45 and 17:00 - 19:15
  • Tuesday 5 Feb 2019 / 13:30 - 15:45 and 17:00 - 19:15

Newton le Willows, St. Patrick's Social Club 111 Common Road, Newton-Le-Willows

  • Friday 28 Dec 2018 / 13:45 - 15:45 and 17:00 - 19:00

Rainford Village Hall Council Offices, Church Road

  • Thursday 13 Dec 2018 / 13:35 - 16:00 and 17:15 - 19:15

You can make an appointment by calling the NHS Blood and Transplant Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk  

It is also easy to book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search 'NHSGiveBlood' in the app store.