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Could You Knock Out A Triple?

Posted on 13th January 2011 in #writingworkshop/ action aid/ addenbrookes/ blood donation/ platelet donation

Sorry for the title – but I genuinely heard one of the staff call it that (and sound impressed) therefore it’s allowed.

This post is for @porridgebrain’s writing workshop, under the prompt of ‘GIVING’, Porridge has chosen this prompt to tie in with her support of Action Aid.

So, my post on the theme of giving has been inspired by my recent visit to the platelet donation centre at Addenbrookes hospital. It is a separate part of the hospital called Blood & Transplant, which for some reason is lodged in my head as Blood & Transport so I’ve confused a fair few people when discussing it, sorry.

I’ve you’ve read my post The Colour Red you’ll know that I can’t currently give blood. This is because I have an underactive thyroid which is on 6 ¬†monthly review – however I’ve been told that as soon as it goes to 12 monthly review I can donate, which I’m really pleased about. In the meantime I’m trying to urge as many of you who can, to click on the banner and register as a donor.

Seriously, what’s stopping you?

The phrase ‘knocking out a triple’ accounts for the number of units of platelets that you donate and is equivalent to 12 standard blood donations. It takes around and hour and a half, and is painless. The staff are warm, welcoming, friendly and appreciative. That last word, appreciative, really touched me as you could tell that every single staff member valued every single donor. It was lovely.

Only some people can donate platelets. When you go along to give blood – ask to be tested.

The following information is from the www.blood.co.uk/platelets website:

As you know, there is always an urgent need for whole blood but you may not be aware that there is always the same need for platelets as well – every bit as urgent. At the moment we really need more platelets. We need both whole blood and platelets and our platelet contributions can only come from existing donors like you.

Most platelet donations are given to patients who are unable to make enough platelets in their bone marrow. For example, patients with leukaemia or other cancers may have too few platelets as the result of their disease or treatment.

Also after some major surgery or extensive injury, patients may need platelet transfusions to replace those lost through bleeding. Platelets given by our generous and committed donors are often life-saving and special in that they can help up to 3 adults or even 12 children! What’s more, as platelets can only be stored for a few days, regular and frequent donors are in great demand and that is why we are asking our platelet donors to attend at least 8 times per year.

We would like to emphasise again: both whole blood donors and platelet donors are equally valued and needed. If you do find that platelet donation is not for you, we very much hope you will continue to donate whole blood.”

If you want more information call the helpline 0300 123 23 23.


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