EVERY minute of every day someone in a hospital across Scotland is receiving a blood transfusion – and it is thanks to the country’s precious Blood Donors that such lifesaving treatment is readily available.
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service will be visiting Stornoway next week and are urging all islanders from aged 17 upwards to come forward and give blood.
And one person who understands just what a vital difference such donations can make is Lewis lady Maggie Maclean.
Maggie, 35, relied on the generosity of Blood Donors in 2007 just a few days after the birth of her son Seumas.
“As far as I was aware the birth had gone as normal, however I knew that I felt particularly exhausted,” she recalls.
“I had originally put this down to the trauma that my body had been through, but by the time Seumas was three days old I just felt so weak. Eventually I fainted. I was told that due to complications during the birth I had been bleeding internally and that I would need an urgent blood transfusion.”
Maggie continued: “I received three units of blood in total to help me recover. As they started to transfuse me I started to feel better straight away, I couldn’t believe how quickly it was taking effect. It really was like having energy given back to me.
“Having a blood transfusion is one of those things that you think will never happen to you, but now I know more I realise just how important it is that we all make our own contribution.”
To read more about Maggie’s story see this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, March 10th.
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service will be visiting Stornoway on Tuesday, March 15th and Wednesday, March 16th and are urging islanders to help show patients in Scotland that they are not fighting alone by dropping into the MacLeod Memorial Hall, Kenneth Street, to give a donation.
No appointment is necessary and staff will be on had to take donations from 3.30pm to 5pm and 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday, and 10am to 12pm, 1.30pm to 4pm, and 6pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday.
For more information or to register as a Blood Donor, call 0845 90 90 999, text ‘blood’ to 61611, or visit www.scotblood.co.uk
Pictured above Maggie and Seumas are urging islanders to go along and give blood.