I read in the news today that there are plans to cut the number of U.K. blood centres from twelve to three. These centres match blood, platelets and plasma to individual patients. Protests at these cuts are planned today by the trade union Amicus. Here's their press release.
From our own experience I think these cuts are probably disastrous. We never know whether Kezia is going to need a transfusion until the analysis results come from the hospital lab. If she does need a transfusion, then a wait of up to three hours entails whilst the requisition is sent to the central Manchester blood centre, matched etc and then transported back to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Then there's the transfusion itself.
Now Manchester blood centre is not one of those proposed to be cut. But say we were being treated in Birmingham, where it is proposed to close the blood centre, then the blood would have to come from London - and we would probably be talking about an overnight stay, occupying one of those beds in such short supply.