Have you had COVID-19? Sheffield Blood Donor Center needs your plasma
“I kept it throughout my adulthood, visiting three times a year, and most recently I donated my 86th pint.
“Fortunately, I don’t have any concerns about needles and have always thought it was the right thing to do. “
Now 42, Richard is part of a community of loyal donors to Sheffield who have helped maintain the region’s blood stocks throughout the coronavirus crisis.
“I last donated at the end of March, just as we went into lockdown,” said Richard, a speaker at Sheffield Hallam.
“The team was very careful, used hand sanitizer, and I felt completely safe.
“My next date is in July, and I will definitely be there. “
The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) service this week revealed its gratitude to loyal donors who have continued to make donation appointments, even during the height of the lockdown and under the cloud of COVID-19.
A spokesperson for the team, which provides the blood donation service for England and the organ donation service for the UK, said: ‘We have seen a great response from our blood donors. vital, who have continued to give throughout the coronavirus outbreak, and because of that, most appointments are full.
“Thanks to our loyal donors in Sheffield, the blood stocks remain in good shape.
“If you are donating soon, please rest assured that additional security measures are in place during the session – security is always our number one priority.
“We space donors out, do additional cleaning, our staff wear masks, and we sort out everyone who arrives so that only people without risk factors can enter the donation area.
“We ask donors to wear their own face coverings to protect other donors and our staff. “
And in addition to blood donations, the Sheffield Blood Donor Center on Church Street has now also received 113 donations of convalescent plasma from people in the city who have recovered from COVID-19.
Plasma rich in antibodies from recovered people can be given to people who are struggling to develop their own immune response to the disease.
The NHS Blood and Transplant collects convalescent plasma for a major coronavirus treatment trial, and if the trial is successful, widespread use in hospitals.
The NHSBT is now appealing for people in Sheffield who have had COVID-19 to get in touch as they can also donate.
Professor David Roberts, NHS Blood and Transplant Associate Medical Director for Blood Donation, said: “Thank you to everyone in Sheffield for donating recovery plasma to try and save lives.
“We need more donors and we want to hear from people who have had the coronavirus.
“The plasma with the most antibodies tends to come from people who were sicker.
“For this reason, there is a particular need for recovered donors who are male, or who are over 35, or who have been hospitalized.
“Their plasma is more likely to save lives.
“Donating convalescent plasma is safe and easy.
If you get the call, donate and help your NHS fight COVID-19. “
Donating recovery plasma takes approximately 45 minutes, during which time you can sit down and relax.
Your body usually replaces the plasma you donated within 24 to 48 hours and you can resume your normal day after donation.
Your body quickly replaces antibodies, and people can donate plasma as often as every two weeks.
To offer to donate convalescent plasma in Sheffield, or if you are interested in becoming a blood donor, visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.