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That's Nearly An Arm-Full
National Blood Services (NBS)
Member Name: music_fan
National Blood Services (NBS)
Date: 20/02/10, updated on 21/02/10 (35 review reads)
Advantages: makes you feel good and free biccies
Disadvantages: a bit long waiting on my first time
Giving blood is something that we should all try and do. I would like to share my experience of being a first time blood-donor.
I was walking past my local Community Centre when I noticed a large National Blood Service Vechicle parked outside, my immediate reaction was that this was something I have wanted to for ages and that I should give it a try.
Rather nevously I entered the building to be greated by one of the nurses who asked me if I had given blood before, I told her I hadnt so she gave me 2 leaflets to read and to read them whilst I joined the queue. The first leaflet described the blood collection process and what was entailed, the second leaflet outlined information about exposure to HIV and about travel.
I waited in the queue for about 5 minutes and then was called to the front desk where the Nurse took my details and inputted them into a laptop computer, she then printed out a form with my details on and asked me to take a seat to be medically assessed. I didnt have to wait long and was asked a quite indepth questionaire about my health, travel and lifestyle, thankfully I passed.
The next part of the process involved having a small sample of blood taken from my thumb to make sure that my Iron level was high enough, which I passed with flying colours, I was then escorted to a bed and was greated by a nurse who explained the process to me as it was my first time. I cannot remember how long I was on the bed for but it seemed a long time, perhaps it was my nerves.
Eventually, another nurse came along and jabbed me, I was up and running!, I have to say that it didn't hurt that much, they are experts at finding veins a lot better than when I have had blood sample taken at the Doctors.
After I had given my donation I waited on the bed for ten minutes with my arm bandaged up and was then escorted to the refreshments area where I thought I would get a nice cup of tea but was told that I had to have orange juice because it was my first time: oh well orange juice it was then and a custard cream too.
Overall I did enjoy my first time giving blood, and I should make the effort again, the staff are wonderful and they do try their best to make you feel at ease, so please give it a go , they're not vampires!
Summary: Give it a go
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