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Letters: Volunteers to give blood are turned away by the appointment system

A type O negative blood bag 
A type O negative blood bag  Credit: NHS Blood and Transplant/PA

SIR – Like several readers, I have had difficulty making blood donor appointments online (Letters, June 14).

I have been a blood donor since the age of 17. I am now almost 70. Earlier in the year, having tried unsuccessfully to find an available slot online, I called the NHS Blood and Transplant service to explain my problem. I was told that there were no longer any walk-in slots available at my preferred two venues and I would have to book a slot earlier next time.

Shortly afterwards I received an email asking me to donate as supplies were getting low. Needless to say, there were still no slots available.

Perhaps they should go back to the system whereby only limited appointments were available...

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