More than 100 people from Bristol who caught coronavirus and survived have donated their plasma to help treat others.
The Bristol blood donor centre has taken donations to help a scientific study.
Plasma from people who have recovered, which is full of antibodies, can be transfused into patients struggling to develop their own immune response.
The number of plasma donations in Bristol donor centre could now increase as the national plasma programme expands.
Prof David Roberts, NHS Blood and Transplant’s Associate Medical Director for Blood Donation, said: “Thank you to everyone in Bristol for donating convalescent plasma to try and save lives
“We need more donors and we want to hear from people who have had the coronavirus.
Our first @MFT_MRI patient has received transfusion of blood plasma from a donor who has recovered from #COVID19, as part of a clinical trial looking at potential treatments for #coronavirus— MFT Research and Innovation (@MFT_Research) June 10, 2020
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“Convalescent plasma donation is safe and easy. If you get the call, please donate. Help your NHS fight Covid-19.
"Convalescent plasma donation takes about 45 minutes, during which time you can sit back and relax. Your body usually replaces the plasma you’ve donated in 24-48 hours and you can get on with your normal day after donating. Your body quickly replaces the antibodies and people can donate plasma as often as every two weeks.
"Although there is some evidence of patient benefit from the use of convalescent plasma, the safety and effectiveness of convalescent plasma transfusions needs to be confirmed by a robust clinical trial. "
To offer to donate convalescent plasma, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk