Healthwatch Lancashire launches “Love to give blood” campaign
1 in 4 people in Lancashire will require blood at some point in their life, yet only 4% of us give blood. Healthwatch Lancashire is launching a ‘Love to give blood’ research campaign to find the reasons why a high percentage of residents in Lancashire choose not to give blood.
January is typically the busiest month for donors honouring New Year’s resolutions, yet NHS Blood and Transplant is currently appealing for donors due to low stock levels. Healthwatch Lancashire is looking for public views to find out why there’s no love for giving blood.
The Healthwatch Lancashire team will be engaging with residents in various locations across the county to collect the views of the public. The findings of the research will then be shared with those who manage, run and regulate health and social care services. Gill Brown, Healthwatch Lancashire Chief Executive, said “According to the latest figures, more than 25% of people require donated blood in their lifetime and this is a lifeline for many people needing long-term treatments, not just in emergencies.” “This research will be conducted throughout February across Lancashire and we are really looking for members of the public to participate so we can identify any barriers or opportunities for blood donation in the county.” “By collecting intelligence from studies such as this and working with those who run and manage services, Healthwatch Lancashire is able to ensure that every single person living in the county gets the health and social care they not only need, but deserve.”
In January, more than one thousand people in Lancashire took part in a study on patient experiences of the NHS 111 service conducted by Healthwatch Lancashire who will now be sharing the findings with those who manage and run the service.
Healthwatch Lancashire is the public voice on health and social care in the county with the role to listen and the power to significantly influence change within the health and social care system.