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'We still need people to give blood'

People are being urged to still attend NHS blood donations sessions in the Westcountry during the coronavirus lockdown.

An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson said: “We need people who are fit and healthy to keep donating as normal during the coronavirus outbreak.

"We've put extra safety measures in place and safety is always our number one priority. 

"We’re now doing extra cleaning and this week we’ve started triaging everyone who arrives so only people with no risk factors can enter the donation area.

“A lot of people have called us asking if sessions are still going ahead. 

"We need them to know that our sessions and donor centres are still open and that travel to a blood donation sessions is essential for the NHS. 

"Blood donation is a reason to do something amazing. Blood donation saves lives.

To make appointment to donate or for more information, call 0300 123 23 23, download the NHS Give Blood app, or visit www.blood.co.uk

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