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Blood

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the (a) daily, (b) weekly and (c) monthly clinical requirement for blood units to meet demand in the NHS. (200638)

The National Blood Service (NBS) issued a total of 1,825,000 red cell units during 2007-08.

This equates to

an average daily issue of 5,000 red cell units;

an average weekly issue of 35,906 red cell units; and

an average monthly issue of 152,083 red cell units.

The projected requirement for 2008-09 is a total issue of 1,765,000 red cell units, which would equate to:

an average daily issue of 4,836 red cell units;

an average weekly issue of 33,942 red cell units; and

an average monthly issue of 147,083 red cell units.