Blood donation sessions leave URC
The National Blood Service has cancelled future bookings at Brookmans Park’s United Reformed Church.
The URC had been the regular venue for the twice-yearly sessions, which always drew a good response from the local community.
The next blood donation session was scheduled for October.
Now, in a letter to all regular donors, the National Blood Service (NBS) says it is no longer able to hold donation clinics at the venue.
Instead the NBS says it would like to invite donors to attend a session "close to your home address".
The letters say that an official invitation will be sent out nearer the time of the next local session.
The URC is at a loss as to why the sessions have been cancelled. All the church has been told is that the NBS wants to cancel its booking.
This site has contacted the NBS press office to try to find out why the service has left the URC and whether another location in Brookmans Park is being investigated. We are still waiting for a reply.
According to the NBS website, the nearest venue for sessions are in Potters Bar at Elm Court Youth and Community Centre in Mutton Lane, Wyllyotts Centre in Darkes Lane and a mobile unit at Tesco’s in Mutton Lane.
You can search for the next nearest session by typing your postcode into the box on the National Blood Service 'sessions' page.
You can discuss the issue of local blood donation sessions in this site’s forum.
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