Yesterday, I got a phone call from the NHS Blood Transfusion Service asking if I would like to give blood.
Normally, I am a blood donor but, I was in hospital for a week in May with a high calcium level and a very low kidney function.
I am still not quite back to normal levels and the doctors still do not know the cause of the problem despite endless X-rays, scans, blood tests et al.
So, last time I was due to give blood, I checked and was turned down and told I could not safely donate until I had finished being an out-patient at my local hospital.
My blood is Group O+ which is, I think, the most common type.
I asked the Blood Donation person on the phone: “I’ve got dead common blood. Why are you phoning me – because people aren’t giving as much blood during the pandemic?”
And this, indeed, turned out to be the reason.
I was told there were fewer donors than normal because of the coronavirus pandemic and – also because of the pandemic – some of the smaller donor centres (hired for the day) have either closed-down permanently or are currently shut because of the ongoing lockdown provisions.
Blood donations have lowered to the extent that they are now phoning up existing donors to encourage them to give blood soon.
More blood has to flow.