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Old 25th Mar 2020, 21:26
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Blood donation

I used to be a regular blood donor. I used to get notification of the service coming to a village hall near me and, if it fitted around my work I would toddle along and give. If I didn't get a break in my work on the day the service was here I would look on their website and find when they were somewhere not far away and go there. I didn't miss many sessions altogether. Then, the service improved so that a timed appointment could be made, a few days ahead of the session if you wanted to avoid the occasional queue and get seen at a booked time. I didn't, as I don't know until it happens if/when I can slip out between work tasks. I still went along and gave when I could. And then the service improved so that you had to book a timed appointment but my work patterns have not changed so I no longer donate.

I see today, that the blood transfusion service is asking for more donors to give. Also today I am on Gardening Leave for the forseeable so I am available to give but I now find that the session dates are only available on the internet if you have an account, login and password. I don't. I can't even see when they might be coming to a village hall near to me.

Life is too short.

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Old 25th Mar 2020, 21:48
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That could be a little short-sighted.

Twenty years ago, a phone call, a paper diary, a commitment.

Now, an account, a password, a webpage...

A life saved. When I did occasional air ambulance work, usually transplant teams and organs, I didnít care so much if I was knackered. If Iíd done an office day and then taken a phone call at 9pm to fly somewhere and get a couple of hours on a sofa or in the back of the jet before moving our most valuable cargo to where it was wanted.

Having also worked with the suddenly bereaved, more than I would care to, I believe I have some insight.

Please Andrew, just log on. Donate. Help...
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Old 25th Mar 2020, 21:53
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I just registered - took me three minutes. Two to think of a password...
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Old 25th Mar 2020, 23:50
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Dodgy ticker prevents me donating, but thank you to all you donators, along the years, transfusions have saved my life on several occasions while being operated on.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 08:51
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Originally Posted by rans6andrew View Post
I used to be a regular blood donor. I used to get notification of the service coming to a village hall near me and, if it fitted around my work I would toddle along and give. If I didn't get a break in my work on the day the service was here I would look on their website and find when they were somewhere not far away and go there. I didn't miss many sessions altogether. Then, the service improved so that a timed appointment could be made, a few days ahead of the session if you wanted to avoid the occasional queue and get seen at a booked time. I didn't, as I don't know until it happens if/when I can slip out between work tasks. I still went along and gave when I could. And then the service improved so that you had to book a timed appointment but my work patterns have not changed so I no longer donate.

I see today, that the blood transfusion service is asking for more donors to give. Also today I am on Gardening Leave for the forseeable so I am available to give but I now find that the session dates are only available on the internet if you have an account, login and password. I don't. I can't even see when they might be coming to a village hall near to me.

Life is too short.

Rans6............
in the time it took you to write that little rant you could have downloaded the app, set up an account, booked an appointment, made a cup of tea and felt smug about doing something good instead of whinging.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 09:20
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Yesterday I registered as an NHS volunteer. It took about 5 mins to do.
Today I will probably register to give blood.
Using a computer and being organised isn't that difficult is it?
Go on do it, you will feel much better for it.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 09:29
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I registered yesterday.

Giving blood today.

I last gave blood 25 years ago, to my shame. A friend of mine did it yesterday and, seeing as Iím working from home, thought it was the perfect opportunity.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 09:34
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Originally Posted by rans6andrew View Post
I see today, that the blood transfusion service is asking for more donors to give. Also today I am on Gardening Leave for the forseeable so I am available to give but I now find that the session dates are only available on the internet if you have an account, login and password. I don't. I can't even see when they might be coming to a village hall near to me.
As others have said, it takes a minute or two to register. Once you've done that, if it makes life easier you can set your device to 'remember' you every time you visit the Blood Transfusion Service website.

Once you're logged in, you can search for available sessions by location, date and time for several months ahead. Many sessions will still allow you to turn up and wait,

I made an appointment this morning, and while doing so I noticed there was a 'Donate Tomorrow' function.

Please give blood. A one-off commitment of your time to register isn't much to ask, and once you've done so the process is so easy.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 10:08
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I wonder if you will be tested for the virus prior? No sense pumping your blood into someone else if you are infected.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 10:24
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
I wonder if you will be tested for the virus prior? No sense pumping your blood into someone else if you are infected.
They are testing the blood and holding it for 10 days before use. Iím sure, given the current circumstances, that the NHS blood banks have thought of contingencies.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 12:34
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Over 70?

I had an email reminding me they really wanted me to continue donating, followed by a letter telling me they did not want to see me for three months on account of my age, and would turn me away if I showed up. Fast moving situation. It does not bear thinking about the consequences if everyone stopped donating for three months.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 12:55
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Without hijacking this thread, it got me thinking about blood grouping too.

Mrs BBE is O- and donates regularly. Quite often she actually gets a call to ask if she’s available. I’m B+ and although the blood service are appreciative, she always seems more popular than me!

There was a report a couple weeks ago circulating that blood group A seemed to be more susceptible to COVID 19 but may well have been either fake news or the fact that A is more prevalent in Asia.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 22:35
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Originally Posted by Toadstool View Post
They are testing the blood and holding it for 10 days before use. Iím sure, given the current circumstances, that the NHS blood banks have thought of contingencies.
It's routine to test all blood donations for known diseases (at least those that they know how to test for). However they still screen for known risks prior to donation since some infections can't be detected shortly after infection.
I used to donate regularly - I have a five gallon pin around here somewhere - and I have a relatively rare blood type (B neg) so they liked my blood. I even got a phone call once that they were critically short of my blood type and how long had it been since I donated - it had only been a couple weeks so I couldn't help them.
However, ~20 years ago I got a letter telling me to stop donating. My last donation had showed a "positive" to something they test for - they'd done additional testing and determined it was a "false positive", but they still had to discard by blood, and would have to discard any future donations for the same reason so it would be a waste of time for both parties. However the way they did it really annoyed me - no word on what the false positive was for or any sort of followup I could do (I'd recently returned after living for nearly a year in Indonesia, so I was suspicious there might be a connection). A friend told me later that if there is a false positive, you can wait two years and try again to see if it repeats - but the way the blood bank handled it irritated me enough that I never bothered to go back.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 22:43
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Aeons ago when I was still current, pilots were barred from donating blood for reasons I no longer remember. Is this still the case?
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 08:12
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Originally Posted by BehindBlueEyes View Post
Mrs BBE is O- and donates regularly. Quite often she actually gets a call to ask if sheís available. Iím B+ and although the blood service are appreciative, she always seems more popular than me!
Probably because O- is a 'universal' blood type; anyone can be transfused with it.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 09:03
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Good to see, chaps. Well done to those that have recently joined the ranks of donors; wasn't a drama, was it? One major change that's come in over the years is that you get a notification if your blood is issued to a hospital for use. Yes, you do get a momentary waft of 'I've really helped someone today and it didn't cost me a halfpenny.' I can't remember if active pilots are excluded from donating or if there's a time limit before next duty period, as was the case for me as an ATCO.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 09:35
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In the UK you may not control for 12 hours or fly for 24 hours after blood donation. So a licence doesn’t excuse you.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 09:40
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 10:35
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It used to be the case in BA that we were barred from blood donation, something to do with the length of time it was then thought it took for the body to fully recover. In later years the restriction was removed.
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Old 27th Mar 2020, 11:24
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Here in Australia you can’t donate if you lived in the UK for more than 6 months in the mad cow years. So my blood is not wanted anymore. But this thread has got me wondering - you who have always lived in the UK can donate there, so are there any cases of someone getting mad cow disease from a blood transfusion?
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