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Blood Transfusion

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. 

  2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
Red blood cells (units)  17454 17764 17928
Fresh frozen plasma (units)  1578 1677 1368
Platelets  832  955 806




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)

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