Health chiefs have revealed that coronavirus survivors can help others recover by donating their blood plasma.
The blood plasma from people who have recovered from the virus can potentially save the lives of people who are still ill.
The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) service says there is an urgent need for more people who have recovered from Covid-19 to donate convalescent plasma in Kirklees.
NHSBT needs as many donors as possible to come forward following the local spike in cases to enable as many donations as possible to be taken now.
A local outbreak of Covid-19 cases means there are more potential donors across the borough than in many other parts of England.
People who have had a positive test for coronavirus are being asked to get in touch. Men who have had the symptoms but no test are also being asked to get in touch.
An NHSBT spokesperson said: “Every new offer to donate is incredibly valuable. We particularly need men to come forwards as they generally have higher antibody levels.
“Kirklees has seen an increase in positive cases in recent weeks. We urgently need as many people as possible who have recovered to donate, to help us make as much progress as possible now.
“Donations can also be frozen to ensure convalescent plasma is readily available, should there be a rise in infections in the coming weeks.
“Please, help the NHS fight Covid-19 by donating at Kirklees donor centre. You could save lives.”
Convalescent plasma is being collected at NHSBT’s 23 donor centres around the country, and several pop-up donor centres.
Donation takes about 45 minutes. Your body usually replaces the plasma you’ve donated in 24-48 hours. Your body also quickly replaces the antibodies. People can donate plasma as often as every two weeks.
The donor plasma contains antibodies against the virus which can be transfused into people who are struggling to develop their own immune response.
Potential donors are being prioritised according to who is likely to have higher antibody levels. Some people will be asked to make a short visit first to give a blood sample, to confirm their antibody levels are high enough for the trial.
NHS Blood and Transplant’s Clinical Trials Unit is collaborating on the trial with the RECOVERY and REMAP-CAP platform trials.
If you have recovered from coronavirus or the symptoms, please offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 completing the webform at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk