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More than eighty milestone donors have been celebrated over the last few weeks for their commitment to the Welsh Blood Service, with a selection of guests reaching their 100th donation milestone after decades of giving blood. Two awards ceremonies have recently been held at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, with local blood donors celebrated for … Continue reading Donors in Llandrindod Wells celebrate saving over 13,000 lives with the Welsh Blood Service

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Thursday 14th June 2018 is World Blood Donor Day, an international awareness day to thank voluntary blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. The day also raises awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. Blood recipients from … Continue reading World Blood Donor Day 2018

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The Welsh Blood Service have been encouraging young people aged 17 and over to start giving blood by finding out their blood type at the Urdd Eisteddfod from Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June 2018. The national campaign, titled ‘What’s My Type?’, involves a simple process using one small pinprick of blood to reveal … Continue reading Urdd Eisteddfod visitors encouraged to start their lifesaving journey by discovering their blood type

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Donors across Wales will have more control of their blood donation appointments as the Welsh Blood Service has introduced a series of improvements to its online appointment booking system. Among the improvements, donors that book an appointment online will now: Be given the choice to receive appointment reminders via email, SMS or telephone call at … Continue reading Online upgrades enhances appointment service for website visitors

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Two comprehensive schools in Bridgend County Borough are being praised by the Welsh Blood Service after more than 100 students took time to give blood this term. Porthcawl and Bryntirion comprehensive schools are just two of three comprehensive schools from across Wales that have held blood donation sessions for their sixth form students and staff … Continue reading Bridgend County Borough schools learn a lifesaving lesson

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Forty milestone donors were celebrated this week for their commitment to the Welsh Blood Service, with two guests reaching their 100th donation milestone after decades of donating. At an award ceremony held at the St. Brides Hotel in Saundersfoot, local blood donors celebrated their 50th, 75th and 100th donations alongside four bone marrow donors, who … Continue reading Locals celebrate milestone donations with the Welsh Blood Service

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A recently formed health consortium, jointly led by the Welsh Blood Service (on behalf of NHS Wales) and the National Institute for Health Research Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre, has been awarded £7.3M of UK Government funding to ensure more patients benefit from a new generation of breakthrough therapies. £1.5M will come directly to NHS Wales … Continue reading Multi-million pound award brings advanced medical therapies to Wales

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Ahead of St.David’s Day celebrations on March 1 in honour of the Patron Saint of Wales, the Welsh Blood Service has put together a guide to giving blood using their favourite ‘Welshism’ with some help from its social media followers. Here’s what you need to know: “Where you to”? The Welsh Blood Service has been … Continue reading Welsh Blood Service celebrates St. David’s Day with some of its favourite ‘Welshisms’

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The Welsh Blood Service is delighted to have added Welsh language Facebook and Instagram accounts to its growing social media community. The new accounts will run alongside the current Welsh-language Twitter (@rhowchwaedgymru), which will mean the all-Wales service now has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for English-speaking and Welsh-speaking followers. Jonathan Ellis, Head … Continue reading New Facebook and Instagram account expands Service’s Welsh-language presence on social media

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Sixth form students from Stanwell Comprehensive School have been applauded by the Welsh Blood Service for their outstanding effort towards blood donation after more than 60 students rolled up their sleeves to give blood this term. Speaking of the success, Julie Anthony, a school teacher from Stanwell said: “We could not be more proud of … Continue reading Stanwell Comprehensive sixth formers lead the way for school blood donations in Wales.

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Janet has over 28 years’ experience in blood transfusion, including 14 years as a consultant Haematologist at NHS Blood & Transplant. Janet will be taking over the role from Dr Stephen Field, who has joined the Irish Blood Transfusion Service. Janet recently chaired the British Society of Haematology guidelines for the use of platelet transfusions, … Continue reading The Welsh Blood Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Janet Birchall as its new Medical Director.

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Seven years and 13,000 tweets on from joining Twitter, the Welsh Blood Service are celebrating reaching 10,000 followers. The service opened its @givebloodwales account with a message that still stands today, ‘Give Blood, Save Lives. We can’t do it without you!’ Twitter was the first social media platform launched by our service as a way … Continue reading The Welsh Blood Service are celebrating reaching 10,000 followers on Twitter

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