Vomiting bug takes toll on supplies of blood

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The recent outbreak of norovirus has had a knock-on effect, as blood donors have had to cancel appointments.

O Rh negative (O-) donors are urgently being asked to come forward to give blood now. Blood stocks can often dip around holiday time as people get distracted and can’t always attend sessions. Non-attendance by O-neg donors increased by 50 per cent just before New Year.

There has been a recent high demand for O-blood to meet patient need, meaning stocks have fallen. Donors with blood group O-negative are commonly known as the ‘universal donor’ as their blood can be given to patients with a different blood group. For full information call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk

A Hemel Hempstead blood donor session is due on January 15 at St Barnabas Church from 1.15pm-3.30pm and 5pm-7.30pm.