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Blood donors are still able to travel to nearest centre

Blood donors are still able to travel to nearest centre

by Tom Martin (October 2020)

SEFTON residents have been told they can still donate blood because this is classed as ‘essential travel’ despite the Tier 3 restrictions.

Giving blood is allowed in the new Covid restrictions and Liverpool Donor Centre is staying open with appointments remaining as normal.

Peter Baughan, Head of Blood Donation for the North at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We have seen a fantastic response from blood donors so far in the pandemic and blood stocks have remained good.

“With these updated Covid-19 measures coming into effect in the community, it’s important for anyone in the area who has an upcoming appointment to donate blood to please stick to it if you can, as blood donation remains essential for NHS and patient care and is exempt from travel restrictions. If you can't get an appointment right away, don't worry. Please donate in a few weeks or a few months’ time and your blood will still save lives then.

“Blood saves lives and donating is something you can do to help the NHS at this time. Extra safety measures are in place on session and our doors are very much open.”

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, extra safety measures have been introduced across all blood donation sessions. All donors are triaged with a temperature check on arrival as an additional measure to protect staff and donors. If a donor has a temperature of 37.5 or above – which is a Covid-19 risk factor – they will not be able to donate or enter the session.

When entering, hand gels and hand washing facilities are available, donors are spaced apart and staff are doing extra cleaning. Staff are wearing face masks and donors are required to wear a face covering and keep it on throughout their time on session, removing it only for refreshments.

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