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Glasgow Nurse gets special award

A Glasgow nurse has received a special honour from the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service after her 100th donation of blood.

Sheila Campbell, a staff nurse at Stobhill Hospital, gave her first blood donation 28 years ago after her father needed a blood transfusion during an operation.

This brought home to Sheila the importance of donating and now she has notched up a milestone 100th donation.

Sheila, 53 years old from Kirkintilloch, said: “When my dad had to have a blood transfusion it made me think how dad would have been were it not for people donating blood.

“It was around this time that I made my first donation. Also I was then working as a nurse in the surgical unit so I saw first-hand on the wards how important blood donors are for patients.”

Sheila wanted to do more and because you can only give blood four times a year so she asked if there was anything else she could do. She realised she could give platelets and started doing this every three weeks.

She said: “This would take one and a half hours where a machine would take my blood, siphon off the platelets, and return my blood.

“The platelets would then be used for cancer treatments and to treat new-born babies.”

Sheila encourages everyone who is fit and healthy to take 30 minutes to make a blood donation.

Sheila added: “It can be any member of our families who need blood and if not enough people donate then that blood might not be there for them.

“I intend to continue making life-saving donations for as long as I can.”

Jim Crombie, Director of Surgery and Anaesthetics, NHSGGC, said: “Sheila has spent the last 28 years of her life giving blood for others as well as caring for patients in her nursing role.

“She is a credit to nursing and we are delighted she has been honoured by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.”

Moira Eadie, Deputy National Donor Services Manager, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service added: “Only 5% of the population donate blood and only very few of those ever reach 100 donations. It is a magnificent achievement and it is amazing to know that over the years Sheila could have saved or improved the lives of up to 300 patients in Scotland.

“Without the support of donors like Sheila, it would be impossible for us to provide enough blood for Scottish hospitals. She has shown real commitment as a blood donor.”