Published On: Fri, Nov 9th, 2012 at 6:09pm

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Visits Blythswood Square

Blythswood Square, the five star hotel in the city centre, is to host a visit by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) later this month.  SNBTS will spend the day at the luxury hotel on Monday 19th November offering local residents and staff in local businesses a perfect opportunity to give blood, that is conveniently located right on their doorstep.

The SNBTS hope that by making the opportunity to donate blood will increase the numbers of donors. The drive to take place in Blythswood Square is one of a variety of new techniques to involve more Scots in donating blood and platelets. Currently, only 5% of the Scottish population currently donate the much need blood which can be life-saving. To meet the demand, the SNBTS must collect 5,000 blood donations per week.

Hans Rissmann, Managing Director of Blythswood Square, said: ‘Earlier this year, our sister hotel, The Bonham, in Edinburgh hosted a similar visit.  It proved to be so successful that we were keen to work with the Blood Transfusion Service here in Glasgow on a similar initiative.

‘The busy festive period will soon be upon us when we will welcome several hundred party goers across all areas of the hotel.  It is also, ironically, one of the quietest times for the Blood Transfusion Service when every donation is even more important.   Hosting this visit by SNBTS means that we’re able to widen our support for such an imperative service ahead of the Christmas party season and make it easy for those nearby to donate blood at a key time in the year for the Service.’

Aftermaking their donation, donors will enjoy Blythswood Square’s own delicious shortbread with their tea in The Monte Carlo Suite.

Moira Eadie, Deputy National Donor Services Manager, said: “We are delighted to come along to Blythswood Square and provide this local opportunity for blood donors to come and give blood.  Every minute of every day, someone in Scotland is receiving blood as part of a life-saving or life-enhancing treatment.”

To register as a blood donor or to find out where your nearest donation session is, call 0845 90 90 999, text ‘blood’ to 61611, or visit www.scotblood.co.uk

The blood drive at Blythswood Square takes place on November 19th. For further details or to book an appointment at Blythswood Square, call Michelle Thomson or Jenny Stewart on 0141-248 8888.

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