Blood donation boost needed

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HEALTH bosses are appealing for blood donors to help boost stocks to 30 per cent above normal levels before the start of the Olympics.

Doctors think they will need extra blood before the summer, because donors tend to miss appointments during national events as routines are disrupted.

International visitors with different blood types may also put high demand on specific blood groups, they say.

Active donors are asked to make an appointment between now and the start of the Olympics, to help build stocks before the events begin.

Jon Latham, spokesman for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “This year we have a unique situation and need donors to help counterbalance the dip in donations as people celebrate a memorable summer for the whole country.”