The NNUH uses a significant amount of blood donated in the UK. Donated blood is separated into several different products for therapeutic use. The table below describes the usage of red blood cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets at the NNUH over the last three years.
|Red blood cells (units)||17454||17764||17928|
|Fresh frozen plasma (units)||1578||1677||1368|
At the request of your doctors our laboratory will test your blood to determine which blood group you are and then provide the appropriate blood group product to the team treating you.
If you are interested in becoming a blood donor please contact the National Blood Transfusion service (0300 123 23 23) or visit their website National Blood Service
Did you know
As yet there is no complete substitute for human blood
Blood makes up 7% of your bodies weight
One donation of blood can be used to treat three or four people as it is separated into different components.
The commonest blood group in the UK is O, but it is the group we need most of.
The blood transfusion service supplies 8,000 units every day for transfusion
The blood transfusion service collects 2.1 million donations a year.
The first documented attempt to transfuse a patient was in 1667 where sheep blood was transfused into a 15yr old boy (Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys)
The first successful transfusion involving human to human blood was documented in 1818 (Dr James Blundell)