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11 May 2018

International Nurses Day 2018


Organised annually by the International Council of Nurses, International Nurses Day celebrates the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world.

Celebrated on 12th May each year, the date has a very strong significance, being the birthday of perhaps the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

At the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, our donor teams are made up of dedicated individuals who all have a significant part to play in what happens before, during and after your donation. 

Members of our Edinburgh Donor Team.

Our donor carers are responsible for greeting you when you arrive for your appointment.  They help ensure that all your paperwork is correct, that your donor registration form is completed and that you have had enough to eat and drink before you are donating.  They also provide cups of juice, tea, coffee and biscuits after your donation. 

Glasgow donor team

Trained nurses are responsible for carrying out your donation, making sure you are comfortable throughout the whole process and are also on hand to provide information about reasons why you might not be able to donate.

Inverness Blood Donor Team

Our drivers make sure that the whole team is able to attend our community sessions.  This includes making sure all stock collected from community sessions is safely brought back to the blood bank to be processed.

Dundee Donor Team based at Ninewells Hospital.

On International Nurses Day 2018 we would like to say a huge thank you to all our amazing donor teams without whom we would not be able to keep blood stocks available at all times for patients in Scotland.

Aberdeen Blood Donor Team
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Current blood stock levels across Scotland Friday 17 September

We aim to retain 6 days of stocks at any time in order to meet the requirements of patients in Scotland.

Learn more about blood types