Plea for blood and organ donors in Mansfield and Ashfield

People are being urged to give blood at sessions across Morley this year.
People are being urged to give blood at sessions across Morley this year.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are asking local people to become blood and organ donors because of a shortage in the Ashfield and Mansfield area.

King’s Mill Hospital is hosting an NHSBT awareness and recruitment event, which will be held in the King’s Treatment Centre at the hospital all-day on Tuesday, 25th February.

NHSBT will be encouraging local people to say yes to blood and organ donation by giving them the opportunity to sign up to give blood and join the organ donation register.

Dr Sandeep Dhir, consultant in intensive care and anaesthesia and clinical lead for organ donation at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “We are urging local people to support the ongoing demand for blood and organs that the NHS faces every year. “Most people think of organ donation as the giving of major organs such as heart and lungs, and are unaware that they can also, for example, give the gift of sight to someone who is blind or partially sighted through corneal donation.

“Raising awareness and providing ways to give plays a significant role in transforming the lives of others through donation.

“Unfortunately hundreds of people die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes – we have the power to change this”.

Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager for blood donation at NHSBT, said: “We are very grateful to the hospital for helping us raise awareness of blood and organ donation, and we hope visitors, staff and patients will be inspired to sign up.

“Donated blood is used to help save the lives of a huge number of people, including those being treated for blood disorders and cancer, and people undergoing surgery.