Local MP Katy Clark is backing a call from the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service for more people to come forward as donors, particularly those with O-Negative blood, which is known as the universal blood type because it can be given to almost anyone. O-Negative is also used during special procedures for unborn babies.
Clark said, “I would encourage every constituent to give blood as often
as possible as it will literally help save lives. However, the NHS
Blood Transfusion Service would especially like individuals with the
O-Negative blood type to come forward.”
The Labour MP for North
Ayrshire & Arran added, “If you are unsure about your blood type
then the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service will be able to
provide testing so you can find out what group you are in.
you know you have the O-Negative blood type, then please do consider
contacting the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service on 0131 536
5700 to find out your nearest blood donation service. “
universal nature of O-Negative blood makes it extremely valuable in an
emergency where blood is needed immediately. It also means that
additional stocks are vitally important to provide standby cover. The
Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service aims to have six days supply
of each blood stock at any time in order to meet the requirements of
patients in Scotland. That means the service needs some 5,000 blood
donors every week.