Blood donors are urgently needed in Nottingham as stocks run out.
The NHS Blood and Transport is calling on donors with O negative blood to help as hospitals have used more blood than expected.
The NHS has said O negative is the ‘universal’ group of blood donors that can be donated to almost anyone, making it especially important in an emergency.
Nationally, the number of donations has been lower than expected so far this fall.
There is an urgent need to replenish stocks of all blood groups in the coming weeks, but especially O negative, before the winter weather prevents many from donating.
The Nottingham Donor Center has around 900 appointments available over the next four weeks.
Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation for the NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We urge our loyal blood donors, especially our O negative donors, to help us by making an appointment to donate blood as soon as they are available. can at the Nottingham Donor Center.
“Critically ill hospital patients rely on blood donors to save their lives. O negative can be used safely with any patient, making it particularly useful in accident and emergency situations.
“Only about seven to eight percent of the population have O negative blood, but the demand for this special group accounts for about 13 percent of all hospital requests.
“If you are an existing O negative donor, please make an appointment to donate as soon as you can or call us. “
Donors with O negative who cannot make an appointment should call 0300 123 23 23 and NHS Blood and Transplant will find a place for them as soon as possible.
New donors may not be able to find appointments at this time. The Nottingham Donor Center is prioritizing existing donors before Christmas to ensure they can replenish stocks.
But new donors are welcome throughout the year, and those who cannot be seen until Christmas are welcome to come back in the New Year to donate.