In August 2021, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) opened a donor centre in Livingston. This was a pilot, to help secure blood donations as many halls and venues were unavailable to us due to Covid-19.
Livingston Blood Donor Centre, situated in The Centre, Livingston, aimed to bring in 210 donations each week from donors living, shopping and working in the area. We are pleased to say the blood donor centre has been successful and has welcomed an average of 207 donors per week. We are very grateful to all of you who donate at Livingston Blood Donor Centre.
If you donate in Livingston Donor Centre, it is very important you continue to donate there.
At SNBTS, we continually review opportunities to donate, to ensure we are meeting the needs of donors, and making the very best use of public funding. A key theme is that donors wish to donate close to where they live. This is particularly important to keep travel costs down due to rising costs of living. When we opened Livingston Blood Donor Centre, we did remove local sessions from many parts of West Lothian.
As a result we now plan to close Livingston Blood Donor Centre in Spring 2024, and to return to communities we previously visited. If you donate in Livingston Blood Donor Centre, it is very important you continue to donate there. The branch is not expected to close until late Spring 2024. We will write to donors, and let you know where to donate once we return to West Lothian communities. Please do continue to support Scotland's patients during this transition.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our huge thanks to donors, our staff, staff at The Centre, Livingston, and all the local communities and groups who continue to support us.