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Adventures in blood doning

For most of my life I've lived in the middle of nowhere. Literally in the middle of nowhere - until about eighteen months ago I was pretty much living in a field at the top of a hill. Consequently it was never very easy to go blood doning. Since moving I figured it was something that I really ought to be doing though. Where I live now probably isn't a town by most people's reckoning, but to me it's practically an urban jungle, and they do things like hold vaguely regular doning sessions. So, having seen banners up last October, I decided to go along. The banners were up outside the library, which is where they've always done these things, so that's where I went. Nothing going on there, despite that being where all of the posters were. And no, the posters didn't give any more information than the date. So I asked where I should go, and nobody at the library knew. Eventually I went to the out-patients clinic, and nobody there knew either, until finally somebody said that they thought it was at the community centre. Whatever that is. Anyway, I found the community centre (no posters there), and went in. Or tried to. The front gate was locked, so I had to find my way in around the back, and then negotiate a labyrinth of doors, all devoid of posters, or indeed any indication that there might be blood doning going on. But finally! Success. Blood doning! Except that you're not allowed to just drop in off the street nowadays, you have to make an appointment, apparently. Great. Still, I was endeavouring to be useful (it does happen occasionally), so I persevered, and got an appointment for May.

And I waited, and when the date came up, I went along. Only to find out that it had been cancelled. A single poster, once again outside the wrong building, told me the new date, one that I couldn't make. So presumably, in order to donate blood, I'm now going to have to wait until the next session in October, a year after the first attempt. And given previous experience, and having not been able to attend the most recent session to get an appointment for then, I'm likely just to be sent away again until next May.

I have an inkling that the NHS aren't too hot on organisation. That or they really don't like blood?!



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May. 31st, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oh gods, SO much empathy.

I tried to give blood many years ago (I've been told I shouldn't, in fact, given my illness, but that's another story) and I walked in. It was a walk in thing, but I got glared at and told "Well, actually we were about to close". I was told to read a list of regulations, and discovered that I didn't meet one of the criteria (you had to be over 50kg... OH for the days when I wasn't even close!), so I had to go away. They were really so rude to me, like I'd intentionally come to waste their time, that I don't have words for it.

But GRAH. It seems the NHS are not so great on getting blood...
May. 31st, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
And yet they keep telling us how important it is to donate! When I told my mother about this, she said that she's given up donating now, after doing it for decades, because she's tired of being given the run around. It's a shame that they can't get themselves in gear.
Jun. 1st, 2014 09:14 am (UTC)
Neither of my parents are allowed to donate because they've had cancer. I can't quite see the logic there...
Jun. 1st, 2014 09:14 am (UTC)
Also, I like commenting on your LJ just to have my name with a little dalek by it :)
Jun. 1st, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
I like my little Dalek too. :)

I suppose the cancer ruling might be because of lingering medications, particularly steroids, but you'd think there'd be a cut off period. Such things can't stay hanging about forever. We replace every cell every seven years, or something in that region.
Jun. 1st, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
It's now about 25 years since my Dad had cancer, so...
Jun. 1st, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
That seems a little excessive! But then they also ban you for life if you're a guy who has ever had sex with a guy, or a woman who has ever had sex with a guy who has had sex with a guy. I appreciate that HIV is a concern, but a lifetime's ban for something that may have only happened once? They keep saying they're going to review the rules on gay sex and blood doning, especially now that testing is better, but I haven't heard anything about it happening.
Jun. 1st, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
I totally agree with your deductions.
Jun. 1st, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
And there I was trying to be socially responsible, too! That'll teach me. ;)
Jun. 1st, 2014 09:30 am (UTC)
Seems like they don't really need blood? Who would've thought ...
Jun. 1st, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's comforting to know that their blood banks are full. I don't think.
Jun. 3rd, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
Blimey, no wonder the NHS are complaining about the lack of blood - they're no good at collecting it! I was seriously ill a few years ago, with virtually no white blood cells and I was told I couldn't donate, I don't know if that's forever. I think there are alot of factors they have to take in to account not just obv don't go if you have a blood disease type things.
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