Giving blood – We should all do it!

Donating blood

14199322_10157290239075104_7967248922000042134_n

It is something you never think of, but if you needed it would you accept it? I know I wouldn’t think twice of accepting blood if I or my family needed it. So I donate blood when I can. Recently there has been a big drive to try and get the more rarer types of blood, as stockpiles are running low. Imagine needing a donation but none being available. It is a position I hope no one will ever be in. Men are able to donate every 3 months, and us women every 4 months.

14117697_10157290220875104_3507800397647960673_n

The process is really simple. You can book an appointment online www.Blood.co.uk. You will receive some paperwork through the post which you fill in and then turn up on the day. Once signed in you can help yourself to water and biscuits.

You get called into a little partition for a health screening where they will confirm your identity and take a small blood sample from your fingertip. This is tested for haemoglobin levels. If your levels are fine, you have passed the first test. If not, then a nurse will come and draw blood from your arm to check the levels again. Depending if you are able to donate you will be asked to wait to one side of the room for the next part. If you are not able to donate then depending on the circumstances (9/10 it is because of your iron levels) you can rebook.

 

The Donation

14199515_10157290221675104_2342824183212203242_n

 

When called, you sit on a large comfy plastic chair, you are then asked to confirm name, address and dob.

A pressure cuff is put on your upper arm to help make your vein stand out, the needle will be inserted. They take a couple of vials first for testing, then you get hooked up to the blood bag. The bag is placed on a scale which weighs the blood, once it is full it beeps to alert staff you have finished. After the donation they apply a large plaster, and a pressure roll. You are not allowed to do any strenuous activities so no climbing mountains! or heavy lifting, so that is weight lifting out the window!

14102649_10157290239235104_2809180009589905579_n

 

But, wait! The best bit ever about donating, is the Tea and biscuits at the end! I love that part!

14079830_10157290221925104_1298828024483780741_n

Please, please please if you are able too Donate!! Especially if you are O Negative as your blood can be given to anyone!!

 

 

 

Share:

10 Comments

  1. August 29, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Well done for giving blood. I’m too scared with needles so I don’t feel comfortable but high five for you. xx

  2. August 29, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Good on you for championing such a valuable cause. I admire anyone who can give blood, I’m a fainter and would be no good for anyone!

  3. August 30, 2016 / 8:17 am

    My husband gives blood regularly, sadly due to my meds I am not able to

  4. Hannah
    August 30, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Well done on giving blood – I really need to do it soon!

  5. August 30, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Totally agree with you, they won’t take mine as I have high blood pressure but when it is stabilised I will go back to giving x

  6. August 31, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Oh this is such an important thing to do. I literally faint when having a blood test so just cannot imagine giving blood. Kaz x

  7. September 1, 2016 / 2:38 am

    Well done for donating blood – such an important thing to do. I have B+ which is not super rare but I think only 8% of the population have, I want to donate but I have a heart condition which can get worse if my body is under strain but hopefully oneway if it’s safe

    Laura x

  8. September 1, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Such a great post, thank you for taking the time to put it together. My son received numerous blood transfusions when on the oncology ward. Unfortunately, I had hepatitis as a child and cannot donate but I have signed up to donate my organs when the time comes.

    • September 1, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      I am sorry to hear about your son. I am of the belief if I am happy to receive and able then I should also give. I am also an organ donor, and bone marrow donor too. x

  9. September 5, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    I’m not able to unfortunately but I encourage everyone to because it is just so very important x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.