Maidenhead man helps create life-saving drugs by donating plasma
An MAN has spent hours donating plasma to help make life-saving drugs for people with immune diseases.
Robert Woodward of Maidenhead helped the Reading Plasma Donor Center reach the 1,000 plasma mark just two months after the start of blood drives.
The 60-year-old paramedic is a regular donor.
He said: “It is a very pleasant experience, the staff are very welcoming – donation of plasma is not to be feared. I hope my donations continue and help treat people with illnesses. ”
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Donations began on Wednesday April 7, the first time dedicated plasma donations have taken place in more than 20 years.
Donna Blofield, Donor Center Manager, said: “So far we have had a great response from people here and another 337 people have booked to donate over the next week.
“The staff at the donor center are really friendly and we are ready to welcome more plasma donors.
The plasma is transformed into drugs called immunoglobulins. Medicines save lives by strengthening or correcting the immune system.
Data shows thousands of patients in the UK are dependent on these drugs, but there is an international shortage.
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Donna added, “Donating is something simple you can do to save a life. Please donate plasma if you can. We especially need men because they are better able to give.
When donating plasma, the donor’s blood circulates through a machine that separates the plasma and returns the red blood cells to the donor.
A restriction on the use of plasma from UK donors was introduced in 1998, as one of the safety measures against vCJD.
This was lifted by the government this year, after expert advice.
People can register to donate over the phone, calling 0300 123 23 23. The center is located at Kennett Place on Kings Road.