2nd January 2020
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital used 7,576 units of lifesaving blood last year.
That’s why we’re supporting the NHS Blood Donation’s New Year appeal for more men in Luton and Bedfordshire to register as new blood donors.
Ordinary men can become extraordinary life-savers because their blood can be used in special ways. For example only men’s blood is used for complete blood transfusions in newborn babies. And only men’s blood is used for plasma, which is given to people who’ve had massive blood loss.
Start saving lives at www.blood.co.uk
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.