The Lady and Lads in Red go to the
Girne Dr. Akçiçek Hospital with the BRS
By Chris Elliott……
Reading about the ongoing need for blood donations and reflecting on the horrendous international news over the past 4 to 6 weeks when major calamities or terrorist activities have occurred over the Christmas and New Year period around the world, the question of blood stocks being available is always so important.
No matter who or where, at some time there is going to be an emergency and someone will need blood and often in a life saving scenario and at this time no matter where we are, we rely on the State or private medical organisations to provide that very precious blood we need.
Blood is something that is living within us and what finer gift can be made than when we give it for the benefit of another person.
It has not always been this simple as National Health Blood Service, UK and Wikipedia tell us. In 1660 Richard Lower gave the first successful blood transfusion, albeit to an animal. There followed other major achievements and discoveries in the years ahead.
- In the early 19th century, British obstetrician Dr. James Blundell made efforts to treat a haemorrhage by transfusion of human blood using a syringe. In 1818 following experiments with animals, he performed the first successful transfusion of human blood to treat postpartum haemorrhage. Blundell used the patient’s husband as a donor, and extracted four ounces of blood from his arm to transfuse into his wife.
- In 1840, at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, Samuel Armstrong Lane, aided by Dr. Blundell, performed the first successful whole blood transfusion to treat haemophilia.
- The First World War acted as a catalyst for the rapid development of blood banks and transfusion techniques. The first blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled was performed on January 1, 1916. Geoffrey Keynes, a British surgeon, developed a portable machine that could store blood to enable transfusions to be carried out more easily. His work was recognized as saving thousands of lives during the war. Oswald Hope Robertson, a medical researcher and U.S. Army officer, is generally credited with establishing the first blood bank while serving in France during World War I.
So it was on Wednesday the 28th January that I went with the Lady and Lads in Red to the Girne Dr. Akçiçek Hospital to meet with Pru Lundie and her blood donation team from the British Residents’ Society and to also meet with Sister Lena Mois to take some photographs to help promote the forthcoming Blood Donation Day on Saturday the 7th February from 10.00am to 1.00pm.
Whilst we were there we were delighted to be invited by Sister Lena to go to the office of Dr Salih Beyoğlu to meet with him and other members of his team to take some more pictures and we were further delighted that he agreed to take part in a video interview in which he and Pru Lundie talked about the importance of blood donations so that the National Blood Bank stocks are maintained at good levels through future donations.
Please view the video below to see this interview and many of the photographs we had taken on this very important day.