Blood

Silent strokes

It pays to remind ourselves sometimes why we collect blood and do the work we do at NHS Blood and Transplant. A powerful illustration of this was the meeting I went to last week of the UK Forum on Haemoglobin Disorders. This is a multidisciplinary group of professionals and their charity partners The Sickle Cell Society

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Blood

Why are these people wrapped in paper?

Tiptoeing through the darkness in the small hours, arms full of wrapping paper and sticky tape; it’s a familiar Christmas scene. Except this was a chilly and wet November morning and the gifts being wrapped at Tooting Donor Centre were especially precious – blood donors. The Christmas appeal for donors needs to start as early

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Blood, News

#GiftBlood

This was a really great week to be part of the NHS Blood and Transplant Media & PR team. We’re always pretty busy and we’re normally working on very diverse projects at the same time. But this week was both exceptionally busy and varied! Monday 10 November it was head down in the office to

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Blood

Guest blog: Inspirational Staging

Set against the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King has been a long-time favourite and cast member Gemma Knight Jones shares her life-saving experience off stage as a blood donor. My name is Gemma Knight Jones and I’m an actress and singer living in London. I play Sarabi in the

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Digital & Social

Guest blog: Is Social Media working for us?

What’s the point of having a Twitter account? When it comes to the NHS, and the myriad of groups, boards, authorities, trusts, institutions and individuals that make us up, the answer isn’t always particularly clear. And given we’re often spending public money on our social media efforts, is that really acceptable? George London, Social Media Manager at

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