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21 September 2020

People with sickle cell are encouraging more black people to donate

To mark Sickle Cell Awareness Month sickle cell patients across London have filmed emotional messages to encourage people of black heritage become regular blood donors.

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16 September 2020

Facebook teams up with NHS blood service providers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland

New blood donation feature on Facebook will allow people to receive updates on Facebook about giving blood, get notified about opportunities to donate at nearby donor centres and invite friends to donate

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08 September 2020

Coronavirus: latest advice

We’re asking blood donors to keep donating as normal unless you have been in contact with, or are currently infected by, the virus. Please read the latest advice before attending.

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07 September 2020

Shortage of men who’ve had coronavirus offering to donate convalescent plasma

The NHS is urgently appealing for more men who’ve had coronavirus to donate blood plasma as new statistics show far more women are offering to donate, despite men making better donors.

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26 August 2020

Man with highest COVID antibody test score for plasma donation backs donor appeal

A record holding COVID convalescent plasma donor is urging more men to donate.

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21 August 2020

Urgent request for Asian people who’ve had COVID to donate plasma

The NHS is now urgently asking Asian people who have had coronavirus to offer to donate convalescent plasma.

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06 August 2020

Hospitalised COVID survivors make most antibodies and make best plasma donors, data shows

New data shows people who were hospitalised by COVID-19 produce the most antibodies, making them priority plasma donors.

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03 August 2020

Oldest plasma donor who beat COVID-19 supports urgent appeal

Malcolm Shaw, 72, is supporting the urgent NHS appeal for more COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors, especially male donors.

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03 August 2020

Urgent appeal for COVID-19 plasma donations now to help trial during any second wave

NHS Blood and Transplant is now urgently appealing for people to donate convalescent plasma.

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28 July 2020

UK’s first COVID-19 convalescent plasma recipient opens new donor centre at Westfield Stratford City

NHS Blood and Transplant has opened three new ‘pop-up’ COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor centres in London in recent weeks, as it massively expands collection.