Workers are lifeblood of Dounreay

None of us come to work expecting to save a life.

But for more than 200 workers, their gift of blood will be doing just that.

They gave up an hour of time to allow the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service to take much-needed supplies.

A total of 180 units was collected by the service during its latest appeal at Dounreay.

Part of the D8550 training block was converted to a temporary blood donation centre.

Some 210 workers gave up 180 units of blood over two days.

Their donations will now be used to help save the lives of Scots in desperate need of blood transfusions.

Just three teaspoons of donated blood can save the life of a premature baby, while a serious road accident can require up to 40 pints.

Blood stocks across Scotland have fallen recently and there is an urgent need for new donors.

Dounreay’s occupational health department helps the transfusion service set up a temporary donation centre three times a year.

“Giving up less than an hour of your time can mean the difference between life and death for someone else,” said occupational health manager Kirsty McIntosh.

For more information about donating blood, log onto, or telephone 0845 90 90 999.