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NHS Blood and Transplant urges people to register as a donor

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A survey of 2,189 adults in England placed blood and organ donation top in a poll of ways that people felt they could make a real difference to other people’s lives.

The survey was carried out in December 2021 by Kantar’s Omnibus for NHS Blood and Transplant.

Respondents were asked: ‘When it comes to making a real difference in people’s lives, which of these do you think are the most important things that someone could do?’

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Give blood

In response, donating organs (42 per cent) or giving blood (43 per cent) came out as the two most important steps that people can take.

Other ways people were asked to list in terms of importance included giving to charity, donating to food banks or doing voluntary work.

Respondents said the biggest motivation for giving blood or donating organs was that they could help save or improve someone else’s life.

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Give blood

Other reasons were to help the NHS, that donation is the ‘right thing to do’ and that it ‘feels good’ to do something for others.

One organ donor can save or transform up to nine lives after their death through organ donation and save and transform even more by donating tissue.

In 2020 – 2021, across the UK, 3,391 people had their lives saved thanks to the generosity of 1,180 people who donated their organs after death.

Even though organ donation has moved to an opt out system across England, Scotland and Wales, families will still always be consulted before donation goes ahead, so it is important to let your family know what you want to happen.

In 2021, 132,172 new blood donors made their first step in making a difference and donated blood. NHSBT needs around 450 donors a day to meet demand.

On average around 1.4 million units of blood are issued to hospitals each year to help the NHS provide life-saving transfusions to people with blood disorders, as well as for use in trauma emergencies, childbirth, during surgery, and in cancer treatments..

Blood donation is safe, easy and takes just one hour. Each donation can save or improve up to three lives.

Register today and book an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23, downloading the GiveBloodNHS app or visiting blood.co.uk

Find out about organ donation and register your organ donation decision at organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. Users of the NHS app can also use this to check, update or register their decision.

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NHS give blood

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