Date Published: 4 October 2006
Blood team to be put on standby in Scotland
An elite team of Scotland's most committed blood donors will be able to donate a pint of blood within 24 hours under a new campaign.
First Minister Jack McConnell and Health Minister Andy Kerr both gave blood today to launch the Blood Donor 24 scheme which asks donors to be on standby in case stocks of their blood group reach a low level.
Believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, the scheme has been launched in Edinburgh and Glasgow and aims to recruit 5,000 donors from each city.
Mr McConnell said:
Mr Kerr added:
Keith Thompson, National Director of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, said:
Donors will be asked if they are willing to sign up to Blood Donor 24 at their scheduled appointment. If they agree, they will then be phoned and asked to donate blood at short notice if blood stocks are low or fall below a certain level.
Blood Donor 24 members will be asked to donate three times a year as they normally would. If more than 12 weeks have passed since their last donation, and there is a need for a certain blood group, members of the team will be contacted to let them know their donation is needed now.
Only 5% of the Scottish population regularly give blood. The SNBTS must collect 1,000 units of blood a day.
Source: Scottish Executive (Scotland).