Giving Blood for the First Time.

Hi guys! Its been such a busy summer but I was able to do something that has been on my bucket list for the year & that’s to give blood! I signed up around June for my first appointment in August & I was pretty scared about it not gonna lie. I’m not overly keen on needles but I thought – it’s for a good cause. Also, I was very keen to find out my blood type so I thought – why not share the experience? Hopefully, someone of you will read it & might sign up to give blood yourself.

You can sign up online at https://www.blood.co.uk it’s so so easy, there’s even an app! The run-up to giving blood you are given lots of reminders about when your appointments is & to double check your eligibility to give blood (its all on the website). You then get sent a little health questionnaire to fill out & bring to your appointment – don’t forget it when you go through! As you go through a mini health check before you give blood. 

On arrival, you just let the ladies/gents know you’re there & wait for your name to be called, Whilst your waiting, you’re advised to drink at least 500ml of water which they provide with some very nice cordials I may add. Then your name gets called & you go into a little booth and a nurse goes over your mini health check to make sure you’re eligible. They prick your finger too just to make sure your Iron levels are good. Then you’re off!  

You’re taken to a rather comfy chair where they hook you up (ill not talk through the details in case you’re a little squeamish) and you start giving blood. The nurses are so so good – I hardly felt mine go in. Your blood is weighed as it goes into the bag and automatically stops when you reach a full donation which is 1 pint! Honestly, though, the worst part is actually taking the plaster off a couple days later. What is absolutely lovely though is how the NHS blood donation group keep you updated on where your blood is going. I got a text about two weeks later saying that it was in Furness General Hospital ready to help someone and that’s honestly the greatest feeling ever.  This weekend I received my blood donation card and finally my blood group! Which is A+ – the second most common, however, as soon as I got home I booked another appointment in 16weeks time to give it again. I can’t wait. Again, the information is in the blog or just head to the NHS website 

What is absolutely lovely though is how the NHS blood donation group keep you updated on where your blood is going. I got a text about two weeks later saying that it was in Furness General Hospital ready to help someone and that’s honestly the greatest feeling ever.  This weekend I received my blood donation card and finally my blood group! Which is A+ – the second most common, however, as soon as I got home I booked another appointment in 16weeks time to give it again. I can’t wait. Again, the information is in the blog or just head to the NHS website think about donating. It’ll really help save someone’s life one day.

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