Hello, I'm Shuba Allard.
I'm a consultant haematologist.
I have a joint post.
I work in a hospital,
which is Bart's and The London Hospital,
and I also
the National Blood Service at Colindale.
A blood transfusion
involves giving blood
which is collected from a donor,
and it is
given to you
through a cannula called a venflon,
which usually goes into your arm.
There are many situations
where you may need a blood transfusion
which blood transfusion
may in fact be life-saving.
For example, in an emergency,
say if you
and I are involved
in a road traffic accident
or if we
lose a lot of blood in relation
to surgery or after childbirth,
transfusion from a donor
may be essential
and in that
it could be life-saving.
There are also other situations,
who are born with anaemia,
where they cannot make enough blood,
regular blood transfusions,
because there may be
Blood is collected from donors.
These are all voluntary, they're unpaid.
The National Blood Service
works very hard
as accessible as possible.
and there are several donor centres
either be fixed
at certain spots
more and more mobile donor centres
increased opportunity for donating
out of hours or, say, weekends.
We ensure that the donors
are medically fit and able to donate.
Once the blood is collected
to blood centres for processing,
and involves several steps.
we split it into what we call red cells,
for treating patients with anaemia.
Many of the testing processes
involve typing the blood
sure that you receive the blood
type that is absolutely right for you.
you will be worried
about the risk of infection from blood.
Well, there are many processes
and testing involved at the blood centre
that the blood
is as safe as possible,
risk of infection from blood
is actually now very low.
When you are in hospital and
actually needing a blood transfusion,
that you are identified correctly
that you get the right blood for you.
The way this is
done is to firstly make
sure you have an identification band.
This is generally
a band placed on the wrist
unique identification points
your name, date of birth,
You may well find that nursing staff
on the ward
actually check with you
that the wristband is correct.
This is absolutely
to help you receive the right blood.
It's very important
that when you're in a hospital
is a chance
that you will need a blood transfusion
ask any questions
that you have.
You can ask your doctor or your nurse
sometimes there are specially trained
nurses called a transfusion practitioner
come and speak to you
if you have any specific questions.
There are also
many patient information
leaflets that could help you,
are also readily available
within the hospital,
so make sure that you do get a leaflet
what a blood transfusion involves
follow that up with
any other questions that you may have.
Never be afraid to ask
if you're not clear about anything.