AN urgent appeal for O negative blood donors has been made by the NHS after the Norovirus outbreak led to stocks falling low.

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There has been increased demand for the blood type, known as the ‘universal donor’ as their blood can be given to patients with a different blood group.

Combined with a dramatic increase in the number of people correctly cancelling their appointments due to fears over the winter vomiting bug has led to the request.

Jon Latham, from NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We would like to urge all O- donors to walk into their most convenient donor session to give blood to help rebuild stock levels.

“We are always grateful to donors who respond to calls such as this and appreciate that in doing so they do give up some of their precious time.”

For more information or to book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

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