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Post by PanBiker » 25 Apr 2020, 09:47

That looks interesting Kev, Doesn't apply to me at the moment as far as I am aware. I am interested to see how Thursday pans out at Ermysteds. NHSBT have asked that donors turn up on time and not to early to their appointments. This to shorten the time you are at the session. Appointments only until further notice, no drop in slots at all.
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Post by Big Kev » 25 Apr 2020, 18:53

I'm taking P to Ermysteds on Thursday afternoon, I can't donate again until July.
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Post by PanBiker » 28 Apr 2020, 18:10

Just received my 5th text or email from NHSBT. This one to check their website, (link provided) to reiterate the safety measures that will be in place and also to check that I still have no symptoms that would preclude me from donating.

When is P there Kev? My appointment is at 3pm.

I am booked in advance for my next session in August.
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Post by Big Kev » 30 Apr 2020, 11:14

PanBiker wrote:
28 Apr 2020, 18:10
When is P there Kev? My appointment is at 3pm.
2:45 I'll be lurking in the car park
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Post by PanBiker » 30 Apr 2020, 12:13

I will watch out for your "lurking" :biggrin2: :extrawink:
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Post by Big Kev » 30 Apr 2020, 18:04

PanBiker wrote:
30 Apr 2020, 12:13
I will watch out for your "lurking" :biggrin2: :extrawink:
and there you were :good:
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Post by PanBiker » 30 Apr 2020, 18:15

I passed Kev waiting for P in the car park on my way in. There was a queue outside when I made my way towards the entrance. After a couple of minutes we were all ushered in via another entrance which was a long corridor leading to the hall. Chairs were set up 2m apart all the way down the corridor.
My appointment was for 3pm which it was when I rocked up and it was 3.10pm when I sat down in the corridor. As folk were called forward everyone moved up the line. I was called at about 3.35. First bit of triage was a Q&A session with the nurse about whether you had been in contact with anyone with the virus to your knowledge or anyone who was self isolating. Passing this test you were asked to go back up the short corridor and into the toilet block to thoroughly wash your hands.
On returning there was a cross on the floor at the booking in table. It was clear by this point that all NHS staff were wearing masks. You were asked to use the hand sanitiser on the desk before taking the safety leaflet and a drink if you hadn't brought your own and then pointed to spaced chairs at the bottom of the hall to wait to be called for the health screening and haemoglobin test. I notice Kev's wife P was just being hooked up to start her donation. Gradually they worked through all those who were there before me, I was called at about 3.50pm.
Hand sanitiser again at the health screening then you were passed a surgically wiped pen to sign your medical questionnaire and consent form. Haemoglobin test then done and passed. Normally you would move out from the screened area to a chair to wait for a donation chair to become available. One of our Jacks mates Tom was already occupying the chair so I had to wait until he was called to donate. My turn on the waiting chair then and a number 2 card placed in the box along with my info and all the kit needed for my donation. I waited another 10 minutes or so and just before I was called I noticed Mrs Kev had just finished and was on her way. Thanks for warming it P. :smile:
I was next in the same donation chair which was wiped down with sanitiser before I took up position. It was about 16.15 when the nurse came to set me up, it was Mark who was "Uncle Fester" at the Halloween donation session last year. I asked for my right arm as I generally get a better flow from that side, but he had spied a much fatter vein on the left so he swapped the kit over to the other side before setting me up. As it turned out my left delivered in less than ten minutes. Not a lot of room just two chairs in the resting area so you could have a biscuit and drink from the chair, I had a mint Club biscuit and my own water. I felt perfectly fine after a couple of minutes and could rest a little longer in the recovery area or leave directly as the nurse was happy for me to go. 16.35 when I left the venue out of a back door and round the building back to where I had parked the car.

You got an additional card to the normal advice for potential bruising or haemorrhage, this one is about notifiable symptom guidance, if you suspect that you have contracted the virus or develop any of the symptoms on the card within 14 days of your donation you have to ring them on the number provided.

Staff said that they get updates on operating procedures for the sessions everyday. I reckon, apart from the regime taking a bit longer and that the session ran about an hour behind the appointments. At no point did I feel at risk from attending. I think they did about as much as could be expected at that particular venue. :good: :biggrin2:
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Post by Whyperion » 09 May 2020, 20:39

I forgot just before lockdown I was due blood tests, sometimes these are done at local hospital/clinic and sometimes can be done at doctors surgery. This time at doctors but when I got there there was a trainee nurse in and I was asked if I minded her doing it, figuring that everyone has to learn somewhere I did my community spirit and agreed, part thinking of the trainee vet who had difficulty injecting a cat with its annual innoculations on the telly a few years back. anyway a bit of random prodding around my inner left elbow to raise veins up (maybe going early in the morning after blood pressure pill was not a good idea), and I think she took two or three attempts and I dont think she got it spot on, so more pain than normal and less efficient than my normal pair of nurses I have seen over the years. Of course much of the training is about paperwork, check who the patient is, what and how much needs doing, fill out the completion forms , dispose of the waste arising correctly and generally ensure everything gets placed for collection correctly. Hopefully she will have better practical goes with others and in the future to remain one of the extra 50,000

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Post by PanBiker » 16 May 2020, 13:12

Just over a fortnight since I made my last donation at Ermysteds and I have just received a text from NHSBT to inform me that my donation has been issued to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

This reminds me, I am already booked for my next appointment hopefully back at Rolls on 20th August but I need to see if I can book another after that on the 12 week regime or thereabouts.
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Re: Blood Donors

Post by Big Kev » 07 Jul 2020, 18:27

Gave an armful today at Burnley Fire Station, all very organised as usual. Only real change is a compulsory face covering (thanks Sally).
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Post by PanBiker » 07 Jul 2020, 19:43

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Post by PanBiker » 11 Jul 2020, 13:03

Just checked today that my next session is still on. It's at Rolls on 20th August, still showing as a viable venue despite it still being closed at the moment.

I checked for any alternatives in the area just in case but they are all fully booked from my earliest eligibility which is the 23rd July.
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