AN URGENT appeal has been launched to seek more coronavirus survivors in a bid to treat patients in Southampton.

NHS Blood and Transplant has issued the public appeal to help make sure there is enough plasma to enable a trial and treat patients who are suffering with COVID-19 in Southampton.

Plasma is from the blood of people who have recovered from the virus and it could save the lives of people who are still unwell.

More than 600 donations of COVID-19 convalescent plasma have already been taken at Southampton donor centre.

But NHS Blood and Transplant needs people to come forward to help make sure appointments are filled.

There is a particular need for male donors and also female donors who have had a positive test.

Professor Dave Roberts, Associate Director for Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Every new offer to donate is incredibly valuable. We particularly need men to come forwards as they generally have higher antibody levels.

“We need to collect convalescent plasma now, to make sure plasma is readily available for the trial to treat people currently in hospital.

“Donations can also be frozen to ensure convalescent plasma is readily available, should there be a rise in infections in the coming weeks.

“Please, help the NHS fight COVID-19 by donating at Southampton donor centre. You could save lives.”

Offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 completing the webform at