Blood stocks run low20th December 2010
The health service is asking people in England to give blood, as stocks are lower than "preferred levels" due to the snowy weather.
The NHS Blood and Transplant Service (NHSBT) has said stocks of O negative blood are low.
O negative is the only blood type which can be transfused when doctors do not know a patient's blood group.
The organisation has warned that the ongoing poor weather could make the situation deteriorate even further.
The Welsh Blood Service has also asked for donors and is keen for people with O negative and A positive blood to donate.
The Scottish Blood Transfusion Service said their stocks were in good shape, because of an appeal last week which saw many donors come forward to help.
NHSBT said 69 blood donation sessions had to be cancelled in one week in England and Wales because of bad weather.
Jon Latham, assistant director of blood donation at NHSBT, said: "We would like to thank everyone who has given blood over the past few weeks, particularly when the weather was bad. We rely on the generosity and commitment of volunteer donors to help us maintain the vital supply of blood to hospitals."
He added: "To boost stocks we need to ensure that we make the most of the sessions that are going ahead to try to make up for the cancellations in other areas and urge donors to make every effort to attend if they possibly can."
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Title: Blood stocks run low
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 17086
Date Added: 20th Dec 2010