Over the last three years, Thames Valley Air Ambulance has given nearly 300 units of blood to over 100 patients.

The figures have been released to mark World Blood Donor Day [Monday, June 14], with the TVAA revealing that 110 of its patients have received blood so far.

Since they became the Second Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) unit in the country to carry blood on board its vehicles in 2018, 295 units in total have been given to patients.

This includes 141 units of red blood cells and 154 units of plasma, which works out at over 80 litres of blood products used to help people often in life-or-death situations.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance service have donated nearly 300 pints of blood (Pixabay)

Thames Valley Air Ambulance service have donated nearly 300 pints of blood (Pixabay)

Lizle Blom, Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) Doctor at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said: "When a patient is seriously ill or injured, their life is hanging in the balance.

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"Being able to give them the blood and plasma they most desperately need is one of the ways we fight to give every patient the best possible chance of survival and recovery.

"Getting blood to the patients who need it the most is a real team effort - from our blood delivery assistants who collect the blood from the hospital to the crews on the scene.

"But the most important members of the team are our supporters, who keep us at the frontline of saving lives and help us to be the lifeblood of our community."

To find out more or to support Thames Valley Air Ambulance, visit www.tvairambulance.org.uk or call 0300 999 0135.