Blood Donation

What I Didn't Know About Childhood Blood Cancer

Melody Berthoud | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Parents
Melody Berthoud

I didn't know it was possible to have chemo and not be sick or lose your hair. The intensive chemo regimen made Andrew's hair fall out and made him throw up every day for nine months. However, for two and a half years after this the maintenance chemotherapy just kept things at bay whilst he looked every inch the 'normal' little boy with a mop of crazy hair.

We Must Speak To Loved Ones About Death And Organ Donation

Lucy Dames | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Dames

This week is Organ Donation Week - a time when I would encourage you all to speak to your loved ones to know their wishes and for them to know yours. A few words now can make an extraordinary difference to people who have no hope other than a stranger choosing to donate.

Building Trust In The Contaminated Blood Scandal Inquiry

Sarah Stanton | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK
Sarah Stanton

The announcement of the Contaminated Blood Scandal Inquiry by Theresa May on 11 July 2017 was overwhelmingly welcomed by the thousands of patients and...

Beware Blood Donation Services Bearing Gifts

Scott Cuthbertson | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Cuthbertson

For as long as gay and bisexual men, who are not at high risk, are told they are, and their blood is refused, then discrimination exists. We've learned the hard way that equality is won in inches and not in miles so for now let's take this victory. The changes are due to be implemented in Scotland in November 2017 and January 2018 in England, so when they do, if you can, give a pint or two and make a BIG thing about it.

Rules On Gay Men Donating Blood To Be Relaxed Under Equalities Reform

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK

Rules on blood donation by gay men are to be relaxed under equalities reforms announced by the Government. As part of a shake-up announced by educatio...

Growing Up With Sickle Cell

Olaolu Baikie | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olaolu Baikie

When patients receive blood transfusions, they need blood closely matched to their own. This is most likely to come from a donor of the same ethnicity. And with sickle cell affecting predominantly those of African and Caribbean decent, it means they need blood from black donors.

NHS Issues Urgent Appeal For 40,000 Black People To Give Blood

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The NHS has issued an urgent appeal for black people to sign up and give blood to cope with increasing demand. The appeal launched following a 75% inc...

Everything You Need To Know About Giving Blood After A Terror Attack

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

In light of the Manchester terror attack, people are asking how they can help in a time of crisis. For many, the answer is simple: give blood. An NHS ...

Sexuality Prevents Me From Donating Blood, But Not Stem Cells

Craig Johnson | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Craig Johnson

I'm writing to encourage gay men, angry at not being able to do blood, that there is something similarly altruistic and life-saving that you can do in the meantime. Anthony Nolan particularly needs men between the age of 16 and 30 to sign up. Young men make up just 16% of the Anthony Nolan register, but provide over 50% of all donations. Your sexuality does not matter.

Blood Donors Gave Me The Chance To Be A Mum

Charlotte Wise | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

I had slumped down in a chair and was unaware of the commotion, as a swarm of doctors and midwives surrounded me and hoisted me up onto a bed. A short time later, I opened my eyes to find myself breathing through an oxygen mask and shaking uncontrollably. All I could hear repeatedly were the words, 'We need blood!'

The Power Of Collaboration For Good: The 'Missing Type' Effect

Debbie Klein | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Debbie Klein

Factors such as increasing urbanisation, wider and more exotic travel, and a lack of awareness about the need for more diverse blood donors have meant that the shortage in blood supply is a global issue--one that we need collaboration to solve.

Why Getting Involved In The #MissingType Could Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For the second year in a row, major global companies such as Google, Nandos and Tesco are dropping A, O and B from their logos to support the NHS Bloo...

The Absurdity of Blood Donation Restrictions for Gay Men After the Orlando Shooting

Sophie McNaughton | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie McNaughton

As we come to terms with the tragic loss of life and continue to express our solidarity and support with the victims of the Orlando shooting in the face of mindless homophobia and terrorism, these discriminatory rules are being brought into question and scrutinised under the public spotlight now more than ever before, as we ask ourselves: what is the real reason why a monogamous gay man cannot give blood while a heterosexual man with an indeterminate number of sexual partners would be welcome to donate?

Blood Donors Will Now Get A Text When They Save Someone's Life

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Blood donors in the UK will now receive a text message when their blood is used in hospital to save or improve a person's life. The NHS hopes that the...

Data Driven Storytelling Is the New Normal

Melissa Thermidor | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Tech
Melissa Thermidor

The internet was set ablaze the past few weeks, by Candace Payne - now dubbed the 'Chewbacca Mum', for sitting in her car and trying out the talking Chewbacca mask she had just bought. To this day, she is the biggest star on the internet. The emotional connection she built with the world wide web is just a small indicator of the power of storytelling.

Northern Ireland Is Finally Lifting Its 'Ridiculous' Ban On Gay Men Giving Blood

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK

Northern Ireland is to lift its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, which has been called "ridiculous" and "irrational". The country will soon end...

I'm On It - Are You?

Ronke Oke | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ronke Oke

The low number of black and mixed race people signed to the UK stem cell register is sadly a reoccurring pattern. For example, the number of black or mixed race individuals who are active blood donors across England and North Wales is less than 1%.

With Blood Donation Falling Massively, We Literally Cannot Afford to Turn Away People Willing and Able to Help

Tim Farron | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Today sees the launch of FreedomToDonate - a massively important campaign to review the discriminatory rules on blood donation in the UK. And I'm thrilled to put my support behind it, because the existing rules - which bar sexually active gay men, along with anyone who has ever injected drugs, or had sex for payment - are scientifically and socially outdated, deeply and unjustly stigmatising, and urgently need to change.

Gay Man Reveals 'Guilt And Shame' Of Being Banned From Giving Blood

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

The government's "draconian" restrictions on gay men donating blood must be reviewed, according to a campaign backed by MPs, national charities and St...

Blood Donation - Who Are We Really Discriminating Against?

Yusef Azad | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Yusef Azad

Is the 12 month deferral for gay men reasonable and evidence-based? We suspect it may no longer be so and the rules need to be reviewed to ensure no discrimination is taking place. There are, however, groups excluded by the blood donation rules permanently...

Gay Men and Blood Donation - Are We Focusing on the Wrong Inequality?

Yusef Azad | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Yusef Azad

It's National Blood Week and this year the call for blood donors is more urgent than ever with the announcement that the number of donors has fallen by 40% over the last 10 years. With such a crisis in donation why is it that there remains a restriction on any man giving blood who has had sex with another man in the previous 12 months? This week sees many calling for an end to such restrictions as unnecessary and discriminatory - as well as counter-productive given the shortage of donors.

This Thing Takes Your Blood For REAL When You Get Shot In 'Call Of Duty'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Tech

Gamers are constantly on the search for truly immersive video gaming experiences, whether it's using something as game-changing as Oculus Rift or some...

National Blood Week: Why We Should All Be Donating Now

Sarah Moyes | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Moyes

I was 25 years old when I stepped into the Glasgow Blood Donor centre to give blood for the first time. It had always been something I had thought about doing, but like most of the population I'd just never really got round to it. In Scotland, only 5% of us are active donors meaning National Blood Week is more important than ever.

Blood Donors Urged To Come Forward Before Christmas - When Stocks Run Low

PA | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Blood donors are being urged to come forward in the run-up to the festive season as blood stocks run low. November through to New Year is tradition...

Nine Ways Gamification Could Increase Blood Donations

Andrew Tipp | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tipp

Only four per cent of people in the UK actually donate, and NHS Blood and Transplant reported that over the summer stocks dipped significantly. That leaves a lot of the population depending on a relatively small number of donors. So how can we encourage more people to start giving a pint of the red stuff? My suggestion is gamification.