People in Daventry asked to donate blood this summer

The NHS is asking people to think about donating blood this summer - when stocks traditionally run low
The NHS is asking people to think about donating blood this summer - when stocks traditionally run low

People in Daventry are being urged to think about donating blood this month as stocks tend to dip to their lowest during the summer months.

A spokesman for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “Some blood group stocks can dip in the summer and with red blood cells only having a shelf life of 35 days and platelets a shelf life of five days, blood cannot be stockpiled.

“Because of this, it is important that both existing and new blood donors come forward during the summer months, so we can ensure that vital supplies of blood are available for the patients that need them.

“Every blood donation is vital, but NHS Blood and Transplant particularly needs to ensure supplies of the universal blood group O Rh Negative which is often in short supply. We also need to ensure supplies of the rarer blood groups A Rh Negative, B Rh Negative and AB Rh Negative.”

To book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.