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Happy Birthday, Nottingham Donor Centre

Nottingham Donor Centre turned one last week and what a first year for the centre it has been! Tasked with moving from a small centre on the outskirts of the city, the kind an estate agent might call ‘cosy’ or ‘bijou’, to moving to the second largest centre in the country might have seemed a

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Testing 1-[2]-3

Part 2 – Screening for infections Screening blood for infections sounds very simple but the more you know about it the less simple it becomes….. So, to start with, on every donation we test for some ‘mandatory’ markers. The fact that they are mandatory mean that we will not routinely issue the blood before the

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Testing [1]-2-3

If I had a pound every time I hear that someone has no idea of the amount of testing we do on the blood we collect and the sophistication of our labs then I would be out for a nice meal for two tonight. This is the first of three blogs where you can read

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Kindness of Strangers

Apologies for not posting a blog recently – I sustained a head injury in a skiing accident at the beginning of March and have then spent seven weeks off work recovering. air max 360 On the few occasions when I have experienced healthcare as a patient it has given me insights and lessons that I

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Unsung Heroes

In many ways I consider our apheresis platelet donors to be our unsung heroes, they give a huge amount of time and effort donating platelets. We currently collect around 70% of our platelets by apheresis and make the rest by pooling the platelets from four whole blood donations. Each apheresis donation provides two or three

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