10,000 people text to save a life: Texts for give blood

19 Jun 2020

10,000 people text to save a life

A new text messaging service has been developed asking people who beat COVID-19 to register to donate convalescent plasma.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) supported NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) by sending texts to 65,000 people, directing them to a link and a web form where they could volunteer to donate.

More than 10,000 people registered as potential donors within the first two days.

The convalescent plasma will be used for a major coronavirus treatment trial and, if successful, widespread use in hospitals.

Texts will now be sent to anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 through the national testing programme 21 days after their result.

Contact Information

Katy Edgar

katy.edgar@nhs.net