With non-essential activities restricted across the country, it is important to remember that blood and plasma donation remains absolutely vital, and travel to venue restrictions do not prevent people from giving blood. The only exemption to this is our older population aged 70 and over who have been advised to stay at home and self-isolate for their own protection.

It is also important to note there are no confirmed reports of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world, and their strict screening process means they don’t allow people who are unwell to donate blood.

Donor centres are safe places to visit and they they are taking all necessary steps to ensure that stays the case. They even take your temperature upon arrival and of course are practising social distancing rules.

John and Paula made a trip into their local office this week to do their bit for humanity to donate blood. John was able to give a full pint, but unfortunately they could not get much out of Paula, so she is returning next week to try again.

The country is running really low on blood supplies, so please if you are in a position to be able to donate, please do.

They also give you a lovely morning tea when you have finished.