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11 October 2014

News: Organ donation is a 'testimony of love' say Pope

Pope Francis described the act of organ donation as ‘a testimony of love for our neighbour’ as he met with the Transplantation Committee for the Council of Europe (CD-P-TO) who gathered in Rome on Thursday. The Pontiff’s comments came on the same day as the Catholic Church in England and Wales agreed to join the fleshandblood campaign as a national associate.

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10 October 2014

News: Baking sensation Mich Turner joins local students to promote blood donation to Bristol residents

Celebrity Chef and TV personality Mich Turner MBE, today joined students at City of Bristol Catering College to launch a new blood donation campaign.

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03 September 2014

News: Analysis of incidents highlights need for a redesign of the transfusion process

There needs to be redesign of the transfusion process by mapping and audit, both locally and nationally, if there is to be an eradication of medical errors according to the SHOT (Serious Hazards of Transfusion) Report 2013.

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17 July 2014

News: NHS Blood and Transplant's Vincent Drive Centre celebrates 50 years of providing life saving support

A centre that sits at the heart of blood transfusion, organ donation and stem cell transplants in the West Midlands celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday 16 July.

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19 June 2014

News: Volunteers Needed from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities to Join the Greatest Team in the world and give blood

Black, African and Caribbean people make up just 0.6% of active blood donors* despite representing 4.4% of England s population*, and Asians make up just 2.1% of active blood donors* despite representing 6% of England s population*, according to the latest figures released by NHS Blood and Transplant.

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09 June 2014

News: NHS Blood and Transplant issues team call up for new blood donors

Around 118,000 more first time donors are needed to attend a blood donation session between now and the end of December to protect blood supplies.

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27 May 2014

News: NHS Blood and Transplant join forces with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

This is the first time that NHS Blood and Transplant, which collects donated blood in England and North Wales and manages the UK's organ donation system, has entered into a potentially life-saving partnership with an emergency service.

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20 May 2014

News: Give blood and be part of the Greatest Team in the World

Adrian Chiles and Lee Dixon recreate iconic football images to encourage people to donate blood this summer

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07 May 2014

News: Embarassing Bodies demystifies blood donation process

Popular Channel 4 programme, Embarrassing Bodies, featured Dr Pixie donating blood live on the programme on Tuesday 6 May.

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17 March 2014

News: NHS Blood and Transplant makes special appeal to O negative and B negative blood donors

Eligible blood donors in England and North Wales who are O Rh negative (O negative) and B Rh negative (B negative) are being asked to call now to make an appointment to give blood in the next few days or weeks, to help rebuild stocks of these groups.