In common with the rest of Scotland, citizens of Edinburgh are urgently needed to volunteer to donate blood to The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. The central drop-in donor centre is in Lauriston Place (opposite the Art College and George Heriot’s School), and the friendly and attentive staff always give donors a warm welcome – not to mention a cup of tea and a cake after for your trouble, if you so wish!
The Edinburgh Blood Donor Centre is open between 10am and 4pm on a Monday and Friday, and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays the hours are 12 noon to 7.30pm, so there is an excellent degree of flexibility for workers and students.
A number of local sessions are held throughout the city too, covering areas such as Leith, Corstorphine, Colinton, Portobello, Fairmilehead, Gracemount and Sighthill.
Blood stocks in Scotland, constantly vital in life-saving operations, many involving babies and young children, are dangerously low, so new donors are being sought more than ever before. The centre’s slogan “Valuing every drop” says it all.
You can register online or call 0845 90 90 999 for more information, or text Blood to 61611
Edinburgh Spotlight and their family have already donated blood this week, please spread the word if you can’t do it yourself.
*updated July 2010* There is a special Fringe-related donation session on 11th August between 1.30pm and 3.30pm where cast, crews and productions companies associated with the Fringe will be encouraged to give blood. There is a facebook event to register your attendance.
Original article initially posted Dec 2009.