"Blood Doning service"
Posted by Blood donor (as ),
I live in Totland in the Western part of the Isle of Wight.
Last year without any consultation the Blood Doning Service ceased sessions at Freshwater in the West Wight and also several other venues on the Island and reduced the doning sessions to 3 venues on the Island.
I am a full time carer for my wife who has chronic health problems but could manage to go to sessions at nearby Freshwater.
I would now have to take much longer to go to the new venue which is much further away and cannot risk leaving my wife for the longer time. I have given over 60 donations but cannot now continue. I believe that previously the donation staff were mainly from the Island.
The new sessions are manned by people from the Mainland who come over for the sessions. To add insult to injury the first time they were due to hold a session on the Island they failed to book the ferry and could not hold the session.
I have returned to this page after the "services you have used" page. They offered me Lymington, Hythe, Christchurch or Bournemouth hospitals. I live on the Isle of Wight.
It is the same story with the Blood Doning service. If I cannot make my next session I am offered New Milton - although I can see New Milton as I have a sea view across the Solent getting there involves a ferry journey (cost about £60) and most of a whole day.
Wake up NHS the Isle of Wight is an Island (the clue is in the name).