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Amateur and professional runners across Wales are being called upon to become lifesaving blood donors through a new campaign from the Welsh Blood Service, Welsh Athletics and Run 4 Wales. Through the ‘Giving Runs in Your Blood‘ campaign, runners across Wales are being urged to support blood donation as part of their training programme and … Continue reading Welsh Blood Service partners with Welsh Athletics and Run 4 Wales to encourage the running community to ‘get set and give blood’

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A blood cancer survivor and North Wales footballer is urging people to become life-saving blood donors in Wales. Daniel Gosset, 26, from Y Felinheli, is known for his displays in midfield, playing for the likes of The New Saints, Rhyl, Bangor City, Cefn Druids and Bala Town. But following his diagnosis with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a … Continue reading Cancer survivor and footballer is urging Welsh communities to become lifesavers

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More people may be eligible to donate blood or platelets today in Wales on World Blood Donor Day (Monday 14 June) following changes to the eligibility questions asked.   All donors, regardless of gender, will now be asked a new set of questions about sexual behaviours, focused mainly on the last three months, meaning that … Continue reading Landmark blood donation changes introduced in Wales on World Blood Donor Day

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All blood and platelet donors in Wales and the UK will be asked new questions to check their eligibility to donate from 14 June, World Blood Donor Day. As part of a four-nations agreement, the new FAIR (For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) eligibility rules will allow more people to donate, while keeping the blood … Continue reading Wales to launch new blood donor safety assessment on World Blood Donor Day

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— Wales becomes first nation in the world to adopt red pitch markings — The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has announced it is launching a new innovation for its domestic leagues that will be a world-first on the football pitch. To promote its community partnership with the Welsh Blood Service, the FAW will be … Continue reading World-first initiative from FAW will leave a new mark on the football pitch

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The first donor in Wales to donate plasma through the Welsh Blood Service’s new ‘plasmapheresis’ process is calling on other males who have recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating their plasma to support medical trials. Clinical trials are currently underway to explore if the antibody-rich plasma of recovered Covid-19 patients could be used in the … Continue reading Wales’ first plasmapheresis donor backs call for more donors in Wales to step forward

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The Welsh Blood Service has partnered with the FAW’s JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League to launch a brand-new campaign to encourage domestic football fans to donate blood. Through its ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign, clubs are being encouraged by the Welsh Blood Service to engage with their supporters and local communities … Continue reading Match of the Day: Welsh Blood Service teams up with FAW’s Cymru Leagues & WPWL urging supporters to save lives

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The Welsh Blood Service is calling on males that have tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered from the virus to help the NHS potentially save lives by donating their plasma. Two major UK clinical trials, RECOVERY and REMAP-CAP, are currently exploring if antibody-rich plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients could be used to treat patients battling … Continue reading Recovered Covid-19 patients urged to donate plasma through innovative new process

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A collaboration between the Welsh Blood Service and Public Health Wales will see a mobile blood collections vehicle being used as an abdominal aneurysm screening venue in Abergavenny town centre in November and December. Public Health Wales will be hosting its abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening on the Welsh Blood Service vehicle located at the … Continue reading Welsh Blood Service supports vital Public Health Wales screening programme

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Travelling to donate blood is classed as “essential travel” under Welsh Government guidance Blood donors across Wales are being asked to ‘keep donating’ during the Wales-wide firebreak to help the Welsh Blood Service maintain healthy blood stocks for the NHS. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Welsh Blood Service introduced a new collections schedule … Continue reading Blood donors asked to keep supporting during firebreak

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Facebook has announced a partnership with the Welsh Blood Service, NHS Blood and Transplant service and the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service to help top up the blood donation pipeline with much-needed ‘new blood’. Launching today, Facebook’s new blood donation feature, which has already helped to recruit more than 70 million blood donors globally, will … Continue reading Facebook teams up with the Welsh Blood Service and NHS blood services in England and Northern Ireland to increase blood donations with new feature

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Three generations of a lifesaving Pontypool family have defied the odds by each being selected to donate their life-saving bone marrow to three complete strangers thousands of miles away.   Allan (65), Chris (33) and Corey Taylor (25) were all selected from the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry as the only suitable matches in the … Continue reading Three of a kind… Pontypool family defies the odds to give three lifesaving bone marrow donations

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Following the First Minister’s announcement that Welsh Government’s shielding guidance has been paused, the Welsh Blood Service is pleased to announce existing donors aged 70 or older, are once again able to donate. Up until the 16th August existing donors aged 70 or over had been temporarily deferred by the Welsh Blood Service in line … Continue reading 71 year old marks the return of donors aged 70 or over by making his 800th donation.

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A unique collaboration between the Welsh Blood Service and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will see a Covid-19 field hospital in Bridgend being used to collect vital whole blood donations throughout August. The 400-bed field hospital, located at the site of the old Harman Becker unit in Bridgend, was rapidly established at the outset … Continue reading Bridgend Covid-19 field hospital to host lifesaving blood donation sessions

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A Carmarthen police officer has described the honour of potentially saving the life of a person fighting a rare form of cancer as he encourages others to sign up to the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry. When Dyfed-Powys Police PC Kieran Morris went through the stem cell donation procedure, he gave a blood cancer patient … Continue reading Police officer’s donation gives rare blood cancer patient a chance of survival

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