Concern for donor nurses
I HAVE donated blood for many years and I have seen many, many changes within the donor service, some for the better, some not so good.
The one consistency is the nurses – they carry out their work with a laugh and a joke and they give tender care to all their donors.
The new recruits are given special attention and are so well looked after they will return time and time again.
To work in this service you have to be very dedicated and passionate about the job – the nurses spend many tiresome hours on their feet.
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When giving blood recently, I observed the most recent change, the introduction of the new bed/chair that reclines with the push of a button or the pull of a lever.
On this occasion, I observed for more than an hour the use of this new contraption and, as a health and safety representative, I had grave concern for the hard-working nurses.
The angles they have to get into to pivot the beds and the strength needed to move the donor into the positions – it looks ideal for the donor but for the nurses, I can foresee many problems with back pain and repetitive injuries.
It obviously allows a more efficient service to get more donors through the door but it looks a poor situation for the nurses.
I encourage people to give blood – it's a rewarding exper- ience, it doesn't hurt, you are extremely well looked after, you get to have a good chat with many other donors and to finish it off you get a nice drink and biscuits.
The service management have fantastic, dedicated staff, please look after them and take another look at what you are putting them through with these new beds.
Kelvin Mawer, Kirk Ella.