Are you a blood donor?

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It’s National Blood week in the UK and NHS Blood and Transplant are launching a new campaign to ask people to give more blood or become blood donors.

They need an extra 204,000 new donors. There are now 40% less donors than there were 10 years ago. Meanwhile over in Sweden there is a new initiative where every time a donors blood is used to help someone else the donor is sent a text thanking them and telling them where there blood has been used. In the USA, China and Germany donors are paid for their blood.

The NHS Give Blood website has a useful section on who can give blood and information on what to do if you’re not sure.

How can we increase blood donations in the UK? Should donors be paid for their blood? What do you suggest?

Are you a blood donor?

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23rd Jun 2015
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Yes .. however I keep having to have breaks due to traveling overseas .. they don't want your blood for a while if you have been to certain, specified countries. I am able to go next week so looking forward to my tea and custard cream!
19th Jun 2015
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I used to give blood regularly but their attitude was quite off some times and I didn't agree with them giving my late father a blood transfusion without asking the families permission so I haven't given blood since
19th Jun 2015
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I'd love to give blood but I've had Cerebral Malaria twice and, because the UK no longer pays for the quick test which would most likely tell that my blood is good, they just say no.
The UK used to do this test, but not any more. Shame.
17th Jun 2015
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I used to give blood quite regularly, but since having a heart problem they say I cannot give blood anymore. Such a shame as a pint of blood given saves others & I doubt would finish me off, yet, once again is likley to be a case of H&S red-tape
Pete H
16th Jun 2015
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I give blood regularly. If you expect to receive it when you need it then you should give it if you are able. I hear too many feeble excuses from perfectly fit and well people.
13th Jun 2015
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would love too, but cannot give any having high blood pressure.
11th Jun 2015
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I'm unable to give blood because of an illness. I don't believe people should be made to give blood neither should people be paid. Lessons regarding the latter should be learned from the American system where people were paid and we ended up with a number of blood borne viruses infecting already vulnerable people. Better understanding of the need to give blood could be improved and an even more donor-friendly system explored.
11th Jun 2015
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That was the first hurdle of 'reaching the upper age limit'!!
11th Jun 2015
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I haven't ever given blood because I have a phobia about needles ... I feel bad about it but it makes me feel ill to even think about it!
Jo Kingham
10th Jun 2015
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Unfortunately I have an illness which prevents me from giving blood, but I used to. I agree with Wilf I think everyone should be made to give blood but maybe a couple of times a year would be enough? How you would administer that to ensure people comply I'm not sure - it could end up being very expensive administration process.
10th Jun 2015
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I am but should do more. As my daughter says if you are happy to receive blood if you need it you should be happy to give it. What a great philosophy. Based on that I think it should be compulsory for everyone to give blood say 4 times a year-no excuses
10th Jun 2015
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I have given blood but am ashamed to say only once a couple of years ago. I get sent reminders every few months and it couldn't be easier but always seem to be doing something. This post has made me get my act together as I didn't realise we are so short of blood donors. I also didn't know that blood donors are paid for it in America which I have to say I think is a great idea as it would act as a prompt and incentive for many more people to give blood...if that was combined with the idea in Sweden to text when your blood was used that is such a nice idea. As usual its UK government who needs to sort this out so my though is come on Mr Cameron or one of your team sort it!

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