SNP MSP Derek Mackay is encouraging his Renfrewshire constituents to help save a life this summer by donating blood before they go on holiday.
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service must maintain up to a week’s supply for all eight blood groups in Scotland and supplies often see a drop during the summer months, particularly as people travel overseas.
Renfrewshire North & West Mr Mackay MSP said:
“The generosity of Renfrewshire’s blood donors over the years has helped ensure that blood stocks have remained at a healthy level and those that require blood – get it.
“We can all help the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service by knowing what blood type we are and by keeping an eye on what particular blood groups are experiencing a shortage of supply.
“As someone who has given blood in the past, I can reassure any first time donors that the staff are friendly and do a great job in making the process quick and comfortable.
“I’d therefore like to urge both regular donors, and any first time donors, to give blood before they go away on holiday this summer.
“That few minutes out of your day could save someone’s life.”
To enquire about current blood stock levels, donor centre opening hours or the schedule for the mobile blood donation van, please visit www.scotblood.co.uk or call 0345 30 17 270.