West Cumbrian MP, Jamie Reed has called on the Government to do more to raise awareness around blood donation. Official NHS Blood and Transplant figures show that 2,363 people in Copeland are registered to give blood which is equivalent to 2.9% of the local population.
This comes as the NHS announced that 1 million people across England and North Wales are now registered to book donation appointments online. According to NHS Blood and Transplant, during the last 12 months:
- 725,000 active users made appointments online
- The service was used to book 1.5 million appointments
- There has been a 3% increase in attendance from donors who have booked online.
The Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has encouraged everyone able to give blood to sign up and donate and called on the Government to do more to promote awareness of the importance of increasing blood donations.
The NHS estimates that over 6,000 donations are needed each day to treat patients across the country.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“Giving blood is essential. It can often be the difference between life and death. Online booking has made it easier than ever to make appointments to donate and I would encourage everyone who is able to donate to do so.
“The Government must do more to ensure everyone is aware of the pressing need for more donations and donators. The NHS need 6,000 donations every single day to treat those in need. You can find much more information online at the NHS Blood and Transport website.”