NHS appeals for people with O and B negative blood to donate

B negative stocks are also low also because many patients with serious blood disorders, like sickle cell, need this blood type.” notices O negative is the ‘universal’ blood group and is often used when a patient’s blood type is unknown, such as in emergency situations.However, extra pressure is being put on this blood type because it is being used as a substitute for dwindling supplies of Ro blood.NHS Blood and Transplant today admitted it is running desperately low on supplies of O negative and B negative blood in the UK.

It blamed low donations over the bank holiday weekend, as many chose to bask outdoors in the sizzling 86°F (30°C) temperatures instead.Only 2 per cent of donors are B negative, which is also a blood group more common in black people.

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