“When I went to give blood on Wednesday it was very busy. When I asked the nurse why this was, she said it is because they are short of blood”.
Paul has given blood 63 times and thinks it is a great thing for everyone to do to. Paul started giving blood after a family member who was a nurse suggested it, and he has been doing it regularly ever since. Paul says that he enjoys giving blood and that it is a good thing that everyone who can should do.
Men over 17 years old can give blood every 3 months and women over 17 can give blood every 4 months. Most people between the ages of 17-65 are able to give blood and the NHS does not discriminate against people with learning disabilities; if your blood is healthy enough you can give blood, no matter who you are.
Even though many people in the UK are able to give blood, not enough do, and so at the moment NHS blood stocks are running low, as Paul found out on Wednesday. Blood stocks are important for emergency healthcare and for some long term health conditions so it is very important that the hospitals have enough blood to make sure they can help all people who need it.
According to the NHS blood website, each blood donation can help as many as 3 people. Paul says that his blood has gone to help people all over the country in Scotland, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Blackpool. Paul is very proud, he says, because “I have saved a lot of lives with my blood”.
Giving blood is a very easy process, Paul tells us, as you can book online at www.blood.co.uk or by calling 0300 123 23 23. There are many different places you can give blood in Oxford, you can go to the John Radcliffe Hospital, the West Oxford Community Center, Rosehill community center and many other places.
So why not follow Paul’s fantastic example and start giving blood today; you can go to www.blood.co.uk to find out more.