If reading about the work we do at Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes has made you think about giving blood, then please read the following information about how easy it can be to do so.
If you’ve never given blood before you’ll probably wonder what Blood Donation Sessions are and what happens there. Well, they can take place at regular intervals at your local community centre, church, sports club or even daily at one of the (Give Blood) Blood Centres 24 permanent sites across England & North Wales. The closest such site for those in Staffordshire is the Stoke-on-Trent centre:
The Old Vicarage
Stoke on Trent
Tel: 01782 581120
Fax: 01782 581125
At these Blood Donation Sessions you will see a highly skilled blood collection team including an NHS registered nurse, who will all take great care of you.
You can book an appointment to attend by calling the Give Blood Helpline on 0300 123 23 23 or book online You can also just walk in without an appointment, but the blood team will not be able to guarantee how long your wait will be. Be prepared to be there for about an hour in total, especially if it’s your first time as you’ll get a bit more care and attention.
You can also give blood at non-permanent sites, such as schools and village halls. Please use the following “Session Searcher” to find a blood donation session that is local to you.
You’ll be welcomed in and asked to complete a few simple questions about your medical history and lifestyle to make sure it is safe for you to donate and safe for a recipient to receive your blood. If anything is of question to you or the blood team, the nurse will be on hand to talk to you further, all in the strictest confidence. From there you’ll have your iron levels tested by a simple finger prick test; this is to make sure you have enough iron in your blood to donate. You’ll then be called to a donation bed where you’ll sit back and relax to give your donation using new, sterile, high tech equipment.
In a short period of time after donation you’ll have yourself a drink and a biscuit safe in the knowledge you have just helped to save or improve someone’s life.