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Call For West Yorkshire's Men To Step Up To Donate Blood

Figures show that last year 613 women in West Yorkshire who registered in January became blood donors, compared to only 247 men.

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging men in West Yorkshire to match women in making becoming a blood donor their New Year’s resolution for 2019.

New figures today reveal more than twice as many women as men in the county became New Year blood donors in 2018.

Figures show that last year 613 women in West Yorkshire who registered in January became blood donors, compared to only 247 men, despite male donors being more likely to have blood that can be used for some products such as platelets and allogeneic serum drops to treat people with dry eye conditions.

Donors of every gender are welcome, and men and women can have the same blood groups. However, men’s blood can contain fewer antibodies against red and white blood cells because women often make these antibodies during pregnancy. This means male blood is often more suitable for creating blood products used to treat patients. Men also generally have higher iron levels than women, so they are less likely to be deferred from donating due to low haemoglobin.

Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s vital that more men start donating blood because their blood is used to provide life-saving products like plasma and platelets – to save victims of burns, car crashes and treat to patients with cancer.

“We’re incredibly grateful to all our female donors in Bradford who are vital in providing lifesaving blood to those in need. But we need men to catch up with recent recruitment because their blood can have different characteristics which can make it important in certain situations. 

“It’s more likely that we can use men’s blood to stop bleeding after injury or surgery. A recent study has shown that fewer men are scared of donating blood than women, so I would appeal to them to step up and be part of an already amazing group of people who have kept their resolution to give blood.”

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