I saved a life… (ScotBlood)
Now I have to say I neither like nor see the point in having regional blood services. Surely if we have ‘National Blood Service’ then that is what it should be – national, all of the UK, but no – Scotland (as (annoyingly) with most things, has it’s own blood service, so I took myself along yesterday to register.
In Scotland they have dedicated donation centres, so I went along to the one in Edinburgh. After taking a number and registering my details at reception, I was to be treated like a brand new donor so had to be asked all the questions by the nurse, even though I’d filled out all the relevant questions on the form. I then had to have my haemoglobin tested, but not my left index finger, no no no – not in Scotland – they test the blood from your left ring finger. You don’t get a plaster either – just a swab to hold in place until you stop bleeding.
I then went through to give blood; skipping several people in the queue because it makes no difference to me which arm I donate from. So the phlebotomist came and inserted the needle and everything and I donated away. They have groovy little chairs to sit you in, not the fold up beds I am used to. Anyway, 465ml later and I am all done, needle removed and for this they did give me a plaster! Through to get some squash and a bit of a rest and I was all done!
They also have a ‘3 times a year promise’ and you get a gift when you make your third donation – they’re not great – I believe it’s a keying with a supermarket trolley on it. I have to wait for my Scotblood Donor card – but I don’t think it will be as good as my NBS one. Oh well. The good thing is they tell you when you can donate again – so for me – it’s the 1st December.