Urgent appeal for more blood donations

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An urgent appeal for blood donors has been issued.

With heavy demand for blood and many people taking extended holidays over the Christmas and New Year period, NHS Blood and Transplant has seen falling stock levels.

Every day hospitals in England and North Wales we need around 6,100 blood donations to treat patients in urgent need.

All blood types are needed, but particularly O Groups are needed to maintain life saving supplies.

A number of sessions are being held across the region, the next is in Garstang on January 14. There is also a donor centre based in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, which is open Monday to Friday.

Alternatively visit www.blood.co.uk or call 03001232323 to find a session and to book an appointment near you. Bookings can also be made through the NHSGiveBlood app for mobile devices.