Stuart McMillan MSP is encouraging constituents to help save a life this summer by donating blood before they go on holiday.
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service must maintain up to a week’s supply for all eight blood groups in Scotland and supplies often see a drop during the summer months, particularly as people travel overseas.
“The people of Inverclyde have always been generous blood donors. This generosity has ensured that blood stocks remain at a healthy level and that our health service is getting the support that it needs.
“We can all help the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service by knowing what blood type we are and by keeping an eye on what particular blood groups are experiencing a shortage of supply. All blood groups are encouraged to donate, but donors are currently needed for the blood groups B negative and O positive in particular.
“I’d therefore like to urge both regular and first time donors to give blood before they go away on holiday this summer – your generosity could save someone’s life.”
Julie Bonner of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service said:
“SNBTS would like to encourage as many people as possible to consider coming along to give blood. During the summer months, donations can drop by up to 20% as regular donors may be on holiday and enjoying the hot weather. So, if you have never given blood before, or haven’t given blood for a while, there has never been a better time to do so.”
To enquire about current blood stock levels, donor centre opening hours or the schedule for the mobile blood donation van, please visit www.scotblood.co.uk or call 0345 30 17 270.