An urgent appeal for more people who have recovered from coronavirus to donate convalescent plasma is being made.
NHS Blood and Transplant needs as many donors as possible in the Greater Manchester region to come forward following the local spike in cases, to enable as many donations as possible to be taken now.
The blood plasma from people who have recovered from the virus can potentially save the lives of people who are still ill.
Local outbreaks of Covid-19 cases across the region means there are more potential donors than in many other parts of England.
More than 1,200 donations of Covid-19 convalescent plasma have been taken at Manchester’s donor centres, but NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to come forward now to donate.
People who have had a positive test for coronavirus are therefore being asked to get in touch.
Men who have had the symptoms but have not had a test are also being asked to get in touch.
An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson said: “Every new offer of a donation is incredibly valuable.
“We particularly need men to come forward as they generally have higher antibody levels.
“Manchester has seen an increase in positive cases in recent weeks. We urgently need as many people as possible who have recovered to donate, to help us make as much progress as possible now.
“Donations can also be frozen to ensure convalescent plasma is readily available, should there be a rise in infections in the coming weeks.
“Please, help the NHS fight COVID-19 by donating - you could save lives.”
Donations take about 45 minutes and the body usually replaces the plasma donated in 24-48 hours. People can donate every two weeks.
Donor plasma contains antibodies against the virus which can be transfused into people who are struggling to develop their own immune response.
If you have recovered from coronavirus or the symptoms, you can offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 completing the webform at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk
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