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It's the busiest topic. I don't think I am. 0- blood.

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MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 20-Oct-12 00:28:06

Facebook message from NHS Blood Donation said

There has been a major incident in Cardiff which has resulted in a request for extra O- blood to be provided to help the local trauma unit. If you are O- and able to walk in into one our sessions this weekend please do so. To find the nearest session go onto and put your postcode into the session searcher or give us a ring on 0300 123 23 23

Gwaaaan, you know you want to. wink

JeezyOrangePips Sat 20-Oct-12 00:29:50

I would if I could. Sadly I'm much to far away with no blood donation service here.

YA definitely NBU.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 20-Oct-12 00:32:21

I don't think you need to be nearby. smile

JeezyOrangePips Sat 20-Oct-12 00:34:01

There has to be some facility for donation though. There isn't one here. I'm on an island.

CollieEyeOfNewt Sat 20-Oct-12 00:38:00

O- is the universal blood group that can be given to anyone. I'm A- though.

But you have reminded me to contact the Blood Donor people again as they used to ring me to invite me to give blood, but stopped when I told them I was pregnant. DD is now 2. I could have donated loads of times since then.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 20-Oct-12 00:38:51

Jeezy, I'll let you off grin

Keep bumping though, or shall we cause an argument just because this is AIBU?

Jeesus Christ Jeezy, how very dare you? Just cos you're on an island, you should be jabbing a needle in your arm and putting a bag of the stuff in the post. I'll be you've got a plasma tv and eat from Greggs.

How very dare you. angry

Or something like that..... wink

Ilovewaleswhenitrains Sat 20-Oct-12 00:41:21

I saw this appeal on Twitter and rang the Heath hospital. I asked if they needed my type of O blood, I was told that they don't need O type blood and don't know where the rumour started from.

CollieEyeOfNewt Sat 20-Oct-12 00:45:39

It's on the BBC & ITV websites.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 20-Oct-12 00:46:21

I don't think it's the hospital which supplies blood. It's the blood service. The reception at Heath wouldn't know.

Interestingly, the website link mentioned on the facebook page only covers England and North Wales.

For places to donate in South Wales, you need this link here

JeezyOrangePips Sat 20-Oct-12 00:47:31

How very dare you suggest I eat anything from Greggs! we don't have one here

The suggestion that I'm a junkie and drug dealer however, I'll let that one go.

AudrinaAdare Sat 20-Oct-12 00:47:58

Hopefully this is only a rumour and no lives lost or threatened.

My beautiful DD is alive today after several near-fatal episodes due to the selflessness of donors and I always welcome the opportunity to thank you thanks

cluelessnchaos Sat 20-Oct-12 00:48:49

I'm o neg but in holiday atm, but have a bump
Instead til I get home

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Oct-12 00:50:32

The Heath Hospital have issued an official statement stating they do not need O-type blood donations urgently. However I'm sure they would gratefully have them.

This thread has brought to my attention that I don't know my own blood type. How have I managed to get to my age not knowing that. <check time and realises can't check with mother>

Ilovewaleswhenitrains Sat 20-Oct-12 00:51:59

I phoned the blood transfusion people ( can't remember the correct name) and there was no reply. Just to be on the safe side I will try again in the morning.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Oct-12 00:52:55

Audrina- there has been a terrible event in Cardiff today, that much is true. A man in a white van went on a rampage,running people over. 1 dead,11 injured. Just shocking. Things like this don't happen in Cardiff sad

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 20-Oct-12 00:53:55

AudrinaAdare Sat 20-Oct-12 00:47:58
Hopefully this is only a rumour and no lives lost or threatened

Sadly one person has been killed and 12 injured. 7 of whom are children.

It's truly awful.

I don't know if the call for blood relates to the people in the hospital but it makes you think what the blood service has to do in emergencies. Sorry, there are other threads about the incident on MN and on the news websites.

As I say, they don't make money out of this. No scam. What can be the harm in raising awareness of the need for blood.

MaryZed Sat 20-Oct-12 01:01:34

They will always need O- blood - and indeed all blood.

This type of tragedy can make people more aware, which has to be a good thing.

Personally I believe the expectation should be that all adults who are able to should donate blood - it should be the expected norm. Because none of us know when we might need some.

My thoughts are with the families of those who died, and with those who have been injured. It seems such a bizarre event.

AudrinaAdare Sat 20-Oct-12 01:09:24

I'm so sorry. Thank you for putting me straight. Totally agree with you MaryZ.

AudrinaAdare Sat 20-Oct-12 01:11:08

And your point too, OP. No harm in raising awareness ever and especially in situations like this.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Oct-12 01:12:57

Oh absolutely OP,YANBU raising awareness for blood donations!

Sarahplane Sat 20-Oct-12 01:17:44

I'm not O negative and in Scotland but you have reminded me to go down and give blood.

ripsishere Sat 20-Oct-12 01:47:23

I'm B+, but sadly not in the country. My blood is not acceptable here either. Apparently, I have Vcjd it's not even a query.
I have read that the blood donation plea is a hoax, but agree that whatever gets people donating is a good thing.

CoolaSchmoola Sat 20-Oct-12 02:15:14

If you look at the blood stocks on the website O Neg stocks are very low - they literally only have enough nationwide for four days, and these are "average" days and don't allow for massive incidents.

They have eight days of O Pos. Which is about normal - but then there are more O Pos donors so the stocks get topped up regularly.

My DH is O Neg - he has been called in at short notice for years. I'm O Pos - common but still useful! He has contacted the service to find out when he should go in.

He is in the Army - he's even been pulled in whilst in Iraq and Afghanistan as the supplies for the wounded dropped and there was a delay on replenishments. He has saved lives, as all donors do.

Anyone who can, should, emergency or not. You never know when you or your loved ones might be the ones needing it.

hopkinette Sat 20-Oct-12 02:35:26

I'd love to give blood, but I've had sex in sub-Saharan Africa. So - despite having tested negative for HIV several times since I came back to the UK permanently over a decade ago - I'm still persona non grata to the blood banks.

Hopandaskip Sat 20-Oct-12 04:29:32

Hopkinette, nobody wants my blood either. The UK service turned me away because they could never get a full pint out of me. The US turned me away because I've lived in Britain too long.

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