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Alumni Member, Sharon Lawrence, Makes Plea for NHSBT Plasma for Medicines

28/05/2021

Many of you will remember our former colleague, Sharon Lawrence, who worked for Amadeus. Sharon is now working for an amazing cause, as a Donor Recruiter for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Birmingham. Sharon’s role is to work closely with NHS organisations and the wider community to maximise the donation of plasma (antibodies) for medicines.

She has reached out to our organisation to provide some more information about what it means to be a Plasma Donor and to give details on how you can get involved.

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A note from Sharon:

Birmingham is one of fourteen donors centres in the UK who have been given the go ahead to collect plasma to be used for life saving and life changing medicines – please have a look at this link to see what it is all about: blood.co.uk/plasma/

The NHS Blood and Transplant Service has started to collect blood plasma for medicines. This plasma will be used to make antibody-based medicines – called immunoglobulins - for people with rare immune diseases or to treat people with weak immune systems. It is critical that we raise plasma stocks as plasma-based medicines saves lives.

The reason why I am contacting you today is because we are looking for healthy 18-65 year old males to consider making a donation - this is because they are more likely than women to have the blood plasma volumes and larger vein sizes needed.

If anybody is interested, then please get in touch - [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you,

Sharon

Sharon Lawrence

Donor Recruiter/Ambassador
Birmingham and Solihull Region
NHS Blood and Transplant

www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

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