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Saturday, December 26, 1998 Published at 11:08 GMT


Festive low for blood banks

Lull is not unusual over festive period

The National Blood Service is urging donors not to forget appointments during the festive period.

It fears that life-saving stocks will run low as regular givers find their time taken up with extra shopping, holidays and winter illness.

A lull in blood-giving is not unusual over the Christmas period. The service predicts that this year will be no exception.

Spokeswoman Liz Reynolds said: "The start of the new year coincides with the start of a traditionally busy time for hospitals and the need for blood in waiting list surgery."

Royal College of Nursing Secretary Christine Hancock is to give the service a boost on 6 January by giving her own blood at the union's London headquarters.

Ms Reynolds said: "We are delighted that the RCN is demonstrating its commitment to the need for blood. Nurses can save lives in more ways than one."

Ms Hancock said: "I hope by giving blood and encouraging staff here at the RCN to become regular donors, we can help top up current stocks and keep supplies healthy."

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