Plasma saves the lives of thousands of people with rare immune diseases.

Above: NHS poster asking you to join their pool of donors

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has launched its first national campaign. They are looking for people to donate plasma for medicines, including at its plasma donor centres in Chelmsford. To recruit the lifesaving donors needed, NHSBT is working with partners and running a campaign with a call to ‘join the donor pool’ over the summer. The process of donating is safe, easy and doesn’t take long. You can make a huge difference by supporting the campaign.

Unfortunately, only a small number of people know about plasma donations which has led to a recent shortfall in donors. Many rely on antibody medicines made from plasma to keep them alive. More than 17,000 people with rare immune diseases receive this treatment a year. The NHSBT need plasma to make medicines and you can help. In total, NHS Blood and Transplant need at least 2,000 people to start donating plasma in Essex in the next three months. That’s why they need your help.

You can find one of their Centres in Chelmsford or in other locations. If you would like to join their pool of plasma donors and start saving lives, you can do so by calling 0300 123 23 23 to register. You can also visit their website for more information and to see where your local donor centre is.

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