The 14 June is World Blood Donor Day, a global event organised by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness of the vital need globally, for blood donors. The 14 June has been specially selected as it is Karl Lansteiners birthday. Lansteiner identified the blood group ABO system and is often referred to as the forefather of blood transfusion.
Events are taking place all over the world to mark World Blood Donor Day. The theme for this year is 'Blood connects us all' - which represents the unique relationship between donors and patients.
It also allows us to thank the 140,000 people who will give blood this year. Did you know that around 215,000 blood components are supplied by Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNTBS) every year to patients across NHSScotland?
On World Blood Donor Day this year SNBTS will be attending the NHS Scotland event 2016, and will be collecting blood on site – so if you are attending please do take this opportunity to visit donate, or sign up to give blood.
If you would like to register to be a donor, or for more information on giving bloodVisit the Scotblood website (external link)