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Post by Stanley » 25 Jun 2017, 03:00

You can understand the NHS being super careful. Look at the continuing fall-out from contaminated serum imported from abroad..... May are still suffering.
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Post by PanBiker » 18 Jul 2017, 12:36

Indeed, the medical screening is a lot more searching than it was when I first started as a donor.

As a follow up to my last donation, I received a text to say that my donation had been passed to Manchester Royal Infirmary for use as required.

This was just after the two week notification of donor illness had passed, you are asked to inform if you become unwell in the fortnight after your donation, up to this point all products can still be traced and withdrawn.
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Post by Tardis » 24 Aug 2017, 11:06

Having just completed my 3rd Kidney Transplant anniversary and given the OK by the Consultants down here at Treliske, I can only ever thank donors

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Post by PanBiker » 24 Aug 2017, 13:04

Good news from the consultants I hope it continues.

NHS Blood and Transplant

Links at the bottom for associated registers or click here:

Organ Donation

Bone Marrow Registry

Platelet Donation

Tissue and Eye Donation

Cord Blood Donation

and here is a link to JPAC, (Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee) which tells you how it all works

Blood Transfusion
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Post by PanBiker » 05 Sep 2017, 18:27

I will bump this for the links in my previous post. This week is National Organ Donor Week. A push to raise awareness of the disparity between the number of patients requiring transplants and the number of organs available. If you sign up make sure you discuss your wishes with your family members.

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NHS News and Campaigns - Organ Donation
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Post by PanBiker » 07 Oct 2017, 11:07

Just got my appointment for my flu jab this year, two days after my next donation session on the 19th. If it was the other way round they would probably not want me. My donor appointment and questionnaire came today. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 08 Oct 2017, 03:12

Tomorrow Jack gets his annual jabs and an hour later I get my flu jab at the surgery.
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Post by PanBiker » 20 Oct 2017, 08:33

Amongst my reminder texts for my donor appointment this time I received one to ring the blood donor service if you have been to Italy recently. Not relevant for me but I did ask about it when I was there yesterday. West Nile virus is prevalent but the text was to alert for the possibility of Chick V which has been detected particularly around Anzio, the Lazio region and Vatican City. West Nile requires a 6 month recovery and the possibility of Chick V and extra screening test on your samples.

The learning curve goes on and I have only just noticed that your donation goes into four interlinked bags rather that a single one which is what I always assumed. I watched them setting up on the chair in front of mine while I was waiting for the cannula nurse. Julie in my case this time, same nurse who had just done my health screening and haemoglobin test. As usual hardly a mark on me from the experience.

I found out from the brew and biscuits stop that this session will be the last to be delivered by the Lancaster team . Barlick sessions are being handed over to the Leeds team. I think Lancaster has been doing ours for about the last two years, it was Manchester before that and Leeds when I first started anyway Barlick blood will be flowing back into Yorkshire from January.

Thursday 1st February, my next session at Rolls.
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Post by PanBiker » 26 Oct 2017, 18:11

I have received two texts from NHSBT since my donation last week, this seems to be the norm now. First was to thank me for keeping my appointment and for my donation. Second, received today was to say my donation has been passed to University Hospital in Birmingham. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 27 Oct 2017, 02:41

Nice to know where it has gone.....
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