NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the NHS new year appeal for more men to start donating blood in Birmingham.
Over the last 12 months, 7,416 people started donating blood in Birmingham – their donations will save and improve lives.
However, there is a national shortage of new male donors. Only 43% of England’s blood donors are now male. It’s vital more men start giving blood to get the balance right.
Men are particularly important donors for two reasons. Men can donate more often because they have higher iron levels. Men’s blood can also be used in more ways – some of them are extraordinary. For example, only men’s blood is used for complete blood transfusions in newborn babies.
Dr Richard Mendelsohn, NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG’s Chief Medical Officer and a local GP, said: “This is about the future. The NHS needs to strengthen its blood donor base, by getting more men to start donating blood, so they go on to become regular donors in the years to come. You can help in Birmingham by registering as new blood donor today.”
NHS Blood and Transplant currently supplies all the blood hospitals require, but it needs more young men to start giving blood to ensure there is a strong enough donor base in the long term.
Nadine Eaton, Head of Blood Donor recruitment at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We need more men to register as new blood donors in Birmingham this new year.
“Ordinary people can become extraordinary life-savers when they donate blood. If you can’t find an appointment right away don’t worry – your blood will do extraordinary things if you donate in a few weeks instead.”
Find out more about becoming a blood donor, as well as where to donate in Birmingham, by visiting www.blood.co.uk
You can also read the blog My blood donation story, featuring Josh - a first-time blood donor in Birmingham.