UK blood donation needs reorganisation

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7153.281a (Published 25 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:281
  1. Frank Booth, Consultant haematologist
  1. Haematology Department, Torbay Hospital, Torquay TQ2 7AA

    EDITOR—Fifty years after the start of the National Blood (Transfusion) Service collection of blood from volunteers in the United Kingdom still takes place predominantly in church halls and community centres, uses an archaic assessment of haemoglobin concentration (the copper sulphate test), and sees fleets of pantechnicons trundling many miles across the countryside. The collection service mainly operates from Monday to Friday, and each team's period of productive blood collection is perhaps …

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