Blood clot campaign

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CHESTERFIELD Royal Hospital is backing a national campaign to raise awareness of the risks of potentially deadly blood clots among inpatients.

Anna Braithwaite, from the hospital, said: “Most people only think about blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism when they fly, but the fact is people are 1,000 times more likely to die from blood clot while in hospital than when taking a long haul flight.”

An estimated 25,000 people die in hospital from blood clots per year in England - more than the number of fatalities from traffic accidents, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

The national awareness campaign - which runs from today- has been organised by national thrombosis charity Lifeblood.