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Free Tea and Biscuits - National Blood Service

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We are an integral part of the NHS, and we guarantee to deliver blood, blood components, blood products and tissues from our 15 blood centres to anywhere in England and North Wales.

Naturally, we also ensure that the blood we supply is properly screened and is safe for patients. Every year we collect, test, process, store and issue 2.1 million blood donations. We depend entirely on voluntary donations from the general public, and try to encourage our existing donors to give three times a year. (It's amazing what the promise of a free cup of tea and some biscuits will do...)

Ok HUKD members and visitors to HUKD if you are able to give blood
find a local centre its so easy to save a life. Just show up at a blood donor session, sit back and share a pint with us. That's all it takes.
Everbody knows somebody who has needed blood in the past well look to the future and help someone who needs your blood now.
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#1
Happy to vote hot on this one !
#2
Quidco? :p

Voted hot blooded
1 Like #3
Lol reminds me of my local Big Issue seller '2 free staples with every one'. Hot of course, oh and have some rep.
#4
voted hot.

You also get a coloured card which signifies how many times you've donated as well as your blood type. Ive just got my bronze card through.
#5
I used to be a blood donor...gave 13 pints....then I became in need of it myself, unfortunately they can't take mine now.

My husband has got a gold card....he has given 66 pints!
#6
I have had cause to be grateful for people who donate so if only one person
seeing this post gives blood I am happy.
suspended#7
good post voted hot
#8
DSB
I used to be a blood donor...gave 13 pints....then I became in need of it myself, unfortunately they can't take mine now.

My husband has got a gold card....he has given 66 pints!


WOW!!! Dont know what Tony Hancock would say to that :giggle::-D
Fantastic
#9
Been thinking about this for a while now - so just signed up!!
#10
Anyone else here on the organ donation list?
Unfortunately im to young to give blood, but as soon as im 18 i'll be signing up.
aaahh great memories of going to the "Blood Bus" as it was called with my dad ages ago whilst he gave blood and getting orange squash and biscuits. :p
#11
id give blood if i could only im a coward so i cant...voted hot
#12
Good post - i always donate blood, although i recently got a tattoo, so have to wait a wee while till i go again!
#13
Never given blood, but seeing as some of you have, was wondering If I could ask some questions.

1) Where do they insert the needle? (forearm? right at top of arm? the bum? :P)
2) Obviously any blood you give is replaced naturally over time - is the replaced blood "lower quality" than the "original"?
3) How much blood do they take at a time?
4) Can you remember what it was like your first time?

Nearest blood center thing is 80 miles away so need to wait again for the mobile ones to come round to town... which isnt too often.
#14
Used to donate regularly until work sent me to some nasty places so not allowed to for a while. Very happy to vote as Hot!
#15
I'm giving blood for the first time on Thursday at 11:50.

I'm scared!!!!
[helper]#16
woohoomoo
Never given blood, but seeing as some of you have, was wondering If I could ask some questions.

1) Where do they insert the needle? (forearm? right at top of arm? the bum? :P)
2) Obviously any blood you give is replaced naturally over time - is the replaced blood "lower quality" than the "original"?
3) How much blood do they take at a time?
4) Can you remember what it was like your first time?

Nearest blood center thing is 80 miles away so need to wait again for the mobile ones to come round to town... which isnt too often.


1- crook of the arm
2- The volume is replaced within a day ( I believe). Blood cells take longer but you're not likely to be short unless you are anaemic but they test for that with a finger ***** before the donation
3- Its under a pint but they do it by weight and have little scales to weigh the blood as it comes out. They stop the donation within a certain length of time even if you have not donated the full amount.
4- They're really reassuring the first time you go and when you are passed from one team member to another they say Its his first time! Most painful part used to be the finger *****. Nowadays they don't normally use a local anaesthestic but I think you can if you ask.

Favourite part of donation is you get to have a lie down for 15 mins!!

Website has lots of additional info

looks like the rude filter has blocked out prlck

edit- just to add I've given blood about 40 times - I've had a bruised arm twice (awkward vein in my right arm) and out of maybe a 1000 people I've seen at the donation sessions I've only seen 2 faint. You tend to get a bit thirsty afterwards. If it was an unpleasant experience people would not do it. Make sure you wear a short sleeve shirt then you can show off to everyone you've given blood!!
#17
I had a kidney transplant 6 weeks ago. Unfortunately because of my kidney problems I have never been allowed to give blood. But a big thank you to all those brave enough to do so.

Heat and rep added.
#18
I've done it quite a few times as well. It's no issue, not sore at all. Not even as sore as an injection.

I've also signed up to the bone marrow register too :)
#19
Hey its not just any biscuits either, they have Kitkats and Penguins!! and your drink gets fetched to you by a lovely lady or gentleman.

Heat and rep given for an excellent cause
#20
woohoomoo
Never given blood, but seeing as some of you have, was wondering If I could ask some questions.

3) How much blood do they take at a time?



As Tony Hancock would say - about an arm full.
#21
thanks
good post
given my blood for first time on wednsday-))
Always happy to help-)))
#22
Bisto34
Hey its not just any biscuits either, they have Kitkats and Penguins!! and your drink gets fetched to you by a lovely lady or gentleman.

Heat and rep given for an excellent cause

I have never seen Kit Kats. I will have to look harder next time. Although I dont tend to stop for a drink. They usually give you piping hot cup and you end up sitting in silence for 10 minutes.
#23
I always shoot off too, can't see the point of hanging around to have a drink and biscuits just because they're free.
#24
emmajk42

I've also signed up to the bone marrow register too :)


That's a big thing to give, not like taking blood.
A bloke at work, his daughter needed bone marrow, they found a match in Germany, the bloke refused to give it because it was such an ordeal, they do have to drill into a bone to get it out.
#25
I always give when the Bloodmobile comes to my work, then I get a paid for lie down for 15 minutes plus the free Tea & Biccies!
#26
Can't give, gay man! No tea and biccies for us gays!
#27
Aggy
I had a kidney transplant 6 weeks ago. Unfortunately because of my kidney problems I have never been allowed to give blood. But a big thank you to all those brave enough to do so.

Heat and rep added.

Hope transplant is ok, be careful for first 2/3 months, enjoy every day.

12 years on dialysis 2 transplants, coming up to 8 years on 1-3-7 with 2nd kidney. Richard[
#28
You forgot the TUC biscuits and the 2 car stickers!!!

Giving blood again on March 2nd :)
#29
Started donating a while back. Wanted to get used to seeing blood around before my wife went into labour. If you have not donated before, go for it. It meant that I was able to hold my wifes hand through the birth of our son, rather than passing out on the floor!! I get lots of sympathy on donation day, and sometimes a steak for tea (to replace the iron).
#30
I wanted to add my thanks too. I've never been able to donate blood due to anaemia, although I have tried numerous times. Anyway, I needed a blood transfusion just over a year ago during a caesarean. So once again a HUGE thank you to all those that have donated or who have tried to donate. X
#31
I've been a blood donor for 3 years now, i wish more people would do it who are able - i don't know a single family member or friend who donates, which i think is terrible. It's not even an hour of your time, and it doesn't hurt at all - it's actually one of the few times i get to lie down & have a rest!! My kids love the stickers (& kitkats) i get for them!
#32
Winchy
You forgot the TUC biscuits and the 2 car stickers!!!



You get STICKERS!!!!! Iv'e never been given a bloomin sticker :x
Seriously though havn't given for a while was on fertility treatment and then was lucky enough to have my son and they won't take you for a year after that. Then I had a bloomin op (no blood needed)
I'm definatly going to give when the bus comes back round or next time i'm near the center in glasgow. I have universal blood so very usful and I don't need it all :-D
#33
Hi
Anyone who is thinking about doing this but keeps putting it off, I was not able to donate for a long time due to being underweight. then I put off giving blood for years, when I finaly got around to it it was so easy not at all like I had imagined.
Unfortunatly after only donating twice I became pregnant and then needed a transplant myself after a ceaserean.
I can now no longer give blood because of this and bitterly regret those years I could have given but didn't I used more blood than I had donated.
PLEASE give it a go. if you don't like it, just don't do it again.
thanks again to everyone who donates, my 8 month old son would be growing up without a mother if it were not for your donations.:thumbsup:
[helper]#34
the sessions I go to sometimes have those prepakaged slices of fruit cake!!
#35
RSteve
Can't give, gay man! No tea and biccies for us gays!



seriously?
#36
emmajk42
I've done it quite a few times as well. It's no issue, not sore at all. Not even as sore as an injection.

I've also signed up to the bone marrow register too :)


Im on the bone marrow register too - i know that this would be much worse than giving blood, but hey - if you end up saving someones life, its gotta be worth it!
#37
kirstyanderson
Im on the bone marrow register too - i know that this would be much worse than giving blood, but hey - if you end up saving someones life, its gotta be worth it!



Me too, I agree exactly. When I give blood I usually have the kiddys with me as there is no-one to look after them. They love it, they get stickers, balloons, pens, biscuits :thumbsup:
#38
Been giving blood for the last few years . . . :)
#39
woohoomoo
Never given blood, but seeing as some of you have, was wondering If I could ask some questions.

1) Where do they insert the needle? (forearm? right at top of arm? the bum? :P)
2) Obviously any blood you give is replaced naturally over time - is the replaced blood "lower quality" than the "original"?
3) How much blood do they take at a time?
4) Can you remember what it was like your first time?

Nearest blood center thing is 80 miles away so need to wait again for the mobile ones to come round to town... which isnt too often.

1.They put a band round your arm (right or left) which the pressurise with air to make your veins come to the surface.The needle is inserted in whichever vein they feel is best ,in the upper part of the arm

2.Think i was told the blood takes as little as 2 weeks to replace itself though it would be slightly diluted for a while whilst it reagins strength -thats why they always leave 3 months between calling you for donation (used to be 6 ).

3. They only take 1 pint of blood which only takes 5-10 mins to actually drain from you,the rest of the time is form filling,taking a sample to check it"s ok for donation.
You also have the added peace of mind that all blood taken is checked for disease ,ie AIDs and if a major problem is encountered you will be notified for invstigation ,bit like having a mini health check every 6 months only free !
Quite often if your blood is low on iron this is the only way you would find out as it shows up at the test ,stops you giving blood for a while but means a simple course of tablets puts an unknown problem right !

4. Given 35 pints now so ages since my first but most people are fine - just dont look at the needle ,all you feel is a bit like if you went to pick up a pin off the floor and stabbed yourself with it - it doesnt hurt,more like a scratch

Have a look at [url]www.blood.co.uk[/url]

Giving blood is one of the best things you can do and it"s FREE ,comes with FREE biccys as well .

You never know - you may need a transfusion one day
#40
Bisto34
Hey its not just any biscuits either, they have Kitkats and Penguins!! and your drink gets fetched to you by a lovely lady or gentleman.

Heat and rep given for an excellent cause

mine have crisps, mini chedders and those cheesey tuc biscuits mmmmm:-D

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