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Give blood for Mother’s Day this month

As Mother’s Day approaches, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is highlighting how donated blood is often used to help new mums and their babies.

Blood is vital for a wide variety of procedures in hospitals. One important, often urgent and life-saving way it is used, is for pregnant women or new mothers experiencing severe bleeds.

Premature babies often also need blood transfusions to replace the blood that is taken for testing as they struggle to make new blood cells in the first few weeks after birth. Around 6 per cent of blood used in hospitals is for maternity care.

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

Appointments or walk in slots are available for the following sessions:

  • Date: Thursday 13 March 2014
  • Venue: Fratton Park, Portsmouth Football Club, The Victory Lounge, Anson Way, Portsmouth. PO4 8RA.
  • Session times: 1.30pm-3.25pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm
  • Date: Monday 17 March 2014
  • Venue: Stamshaw Leisure Centre, 69 Wilson Road, Stamshaw, Portsmouth. PO2 8LE.
  • Session times: 1.30pm-3.25pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm

For more information, to find a local blood donation session and to book an appointment please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

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  1. Sadly, gay men can’t give blood. The NBS will say that they can, provided they haven’t had a sexual encounter with another man in the last 12 months. This is true even for men in committed, exclusive relationships with one person, even if they practise safe sex.
    These are expectations that are not placed on heterosexual men or women, and – to my mind – is therefore discrimination.

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