The NHS Blood and Transplant service are urging people to donate their blood plasma – which will be used to make antibody-based medicines called immunoglobulins, for people with weak immune systems and a variety of other rare disorders. Thousands of patients rely on immunoglobulin medicines for short-term treatment or lifelong diseases.
The NHS Blood and Transplant Service are particularly asking for men between the ages of 17 and 66 to consider donating because they are more likely to have blood plasma volumes and larger vein sizes. Donating plasma takes about 45 minutes and is completely safe. During the process, the plasma is filtered out of circulating blood by an apheresis machine and the red blood cells are returned to the donor. It is possible to donate as often as every two weeks and a maximum of 24 donations per year.
Could you particularly promote this initiative to any faith groups/inter-faith organizations/networks and community groups as the NHS Blood and Transplant Plasma for Medicines programme are very keen to contact these groups?
To find out more about blood plasma donation you can visit: https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/news/first-blood-plasma-for-medicines-donations-begin/
Your nearest Plasma donor centres are:
Manchester Blood Donation Centre, Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LL
NHSBT Bolton Plasma Donor Centre, 120 Bark St, Bolton BL1 2AX
To become a blood plasma donor, please call 0300 123 23 23.