National Blood Week

It's National Blood Week, and we wanted to thank everyone in UHCW’s Haematology and Blood Bank Teams, and all blood donors.

Our hospitals couldn’t operate without the amazing gift that all blood donors make, and the hardworking staff who use their donations to save people’s lives.

Our Haematology team helps patients like Betty, from Warwick, who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anaemia when she was just three months old.

Betty comes in once a month for an exchange transfusion where 2-3 units of her own blood is taken out and is replaced with blood from donors.

The procedure can take between 2 ½ to 7 hours every month.

Betty said: “Sickle cell is like an invisible illness. You wouldn’t know to look at me that I have to rely on blood donations. Every month 2-3 people help keep me alive, and I’m so grateful to them and everyone else who gives blood.

“There’s a misconception that people think blood is mostly used for people needing surgery or treatment for major injuries, but it’s so important for treating and researching long term conditions like mine.

“I’m lucky that I have a common blood group, but I have friends with sickle cell who have rarer blood types.

“I would urge anyone from a Black African background like me to give blood – your donation doesn’t go to waste, and I wouldn’t be alive without the generosity of blood donors and the Haematology staff who care for me.”

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