Are we doing enough to Raise Awareness around Blood Donation?
Thursday 12th June
While the number of people giving blood is rising, we are still faced with the fact that just 4% of the UK population are currently blood donors. But why? A recent benenden health survey has revealed that it could all be down to a combination of fear, medical conditions and a simple lack of awareness.
The survey aimed to find out more about why people aren’t giving blood and whether, as a nation, we are doing enough to help raise awareness of the importance of blood donation. Well, the good news is that in many instances the reasons why people aren’t giving blood could be remedied with some gentle persuasion, more information and awareness.
12% of survey respondents cited being scared of needles as the reason for not donating, while 11% said they were scared of fainting. On the other hand, 10% thought that donation was too much of a hassle, while 3% said they were too busy to donate.
Pain-free, completely safe and quick, giving blood is something that could be done on your lunch break at one of a variety of centres across the country. You can read more about the process of becoming a blood donor on blood.co.uk.
We also collected some interesting statistics about people’s general knowledge. Only 23% of those questioned knew that, in some circumstances, you can give blood if you are diabetic. The fact that 44% of those who said they abstained due to medical reasons may correlate with the fact that a huge 57% of our survey respondents were aged sixty or over. However, it may be that some individuals assume they are unable to donate due to an existing health issue without checking their suitability with a health practitioner. If this is a reason why some eligible donors have decided not to give blood in the past, then we could be missing out on a large number of potential donations.
We really hope that our findings will help to encourage more people to give blood in the spirit of World Blood Donor Day, and have even created a visual piece which can be viewed here for a more in-depth insight into our survey results.
71% of people questioned had given blood before, and it seems that if people do give blood then they do it regularly; 58% of those who donate do so more than once a year. So, perhaps once someone donates and realises that it’s not as they had originally feared, they are confident in their ability to be a donor.