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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Blood donor session halted as people fall ill in heat

A blood donor session was halted after seven people took ill as temperatures rocketed to 29C.

With scorching sunshine again beating down on the city, bosses from the NHS Blood and Transplant service took the decision to call off the session at The Sands Centre in Carlisle when the donors became unwell after giving blood.

Carlisle basked in temperatures which equalled the Seychelles, Marjorca and Madrid on Thursday. It was warmer than the usual hotspots of Nice, Mexico City and Naples and only one degree cooler than the Indian city of Mumbai.

A spokeswoman for the service explained that the decision was made by its management team to close the session early due to the temperature of the hall.

She said: “Seven donors become unwell following their blood donations. Although this can happen at any time following a blood donation, in this case the hot weather was a key factor, as temperatures yesterday hit 29 degrees Celsius in Cumbria.

“All blood donors were extremely well cared for by the blood donation staff who are fully trained to deal with situations such as these. The donors were only advised to leave the session when they felt well enough.

“We always advise blood donors to keep hydrated before they donate blood. This is especially true in the hot weather.

“Yesterday’s session was the first time that we used The Sands Centre and we were extremely pleased with the helpful and accommodating nature of the staff. We would also like to thank all the donors who came down to the session to donate blood and hope to see them again soon.”

Meanwhile families have been making the most of the long spell of good weather during the first week of the school summer holidays.

Tourism chiefs are celebrating the heatwave which is providing a welcome boost for businesses across the county.

However, temperatures today in Cumbria today were expected to fall to 23C with increased cloud cover. Tomorrow they drop further to 18C with a risk of rain.

Forecasters predict temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will hover around 20C in the county again with cloud anticipated.

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