Giving blood: More than 1,300 new blood donors 'urgently' needed in Hertfordshire – Herts Live


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Hertfordshire residents are being urged to give blood as new data reveals 1,316 new donors are needed in the area to save lives over the next year. A new strategy aims to increase numbers and diversity of donors, especially Black African, Black Caribbean and younger donors, so that it's easier to treat people suffering with sickle cell disease.
Sickle cell is the fastest growing genetic blood disorder in the UK and mostly affects people of Black heritage. It requires regular transfusions – most often with the specific blood sub type Ro.
Most people know the main blood types – O positive (35 per cent of the population), O negative (13 per cent), A positive (30 per cent), A negative (8 per cent), B positive (8 per cent), B negative (2 per cent), and AB positive (2 per cent). But the public is less familiar with the many sub-types that can provide an even better match to improve their treatment.
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Most patients are children, and demand for Ro blood is projected to double from 2016/17 – 2025/26. Fifty five per cent of Black blood donors have the Ro subtype compared to 2.4 per cent of donors from other ethnicities.
Stephen Cornes, Director of Blood Supply at NHS Blood and Transplant said: "Currently we can only meet around half of the demand for Ro blood through our existing donor base and demand for this rare blood type is rising. This means many sickle cell patients often receive less well-matched blood which, while clinically suitable, can pose a longer-term risk to patients who receive regular transfusions.
"We urgently need new Black African and Black Caribbean donors to come forward and donate blood. In addition to the rarest blood types, we also need 1 million new donors over the next five years of all blood types. As the NHS treats more patients, we need to grow the total number of donors too.
For those interested Attend a What’s Your Blood Type event or register today and book an appointment by visiting blood.co.uk, downloading the GiveBloodNHS app or by calling 0300 123 23 23. Or if you are an existing donor and have not donated in a while, please book your next appointment, or keep checking back for future appointments.

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