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FOI 2024 027 - Blood donations


Information Requested:

1. How many bags of donated blood has NHS Wales received in the following years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. 
2. How many donated blood bags have been binned in the following years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

3. A breakdown of the reasons for why these blood bags have been binned for the following years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

4. How much one blood bag costs the NHS Wales to store. 
5. How much has all the blood that has been disposed been worth in pounds, in the years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023? 


Information provided for the answer:

Thank you for your request dated 3rd February 2024. 

Public Health Wales do not hold this information. 

Public Health Wales is the public health service for Wales and as such is an independent NHS Trust. Therefore, do not have access to this information. As an organisation we have no jurisdiction over the activities of Health Boards and frequently do not have access to the data that they produce. The Welsh Blood Service is a division of Velindre University NHS Trust; I have provided contact details for Velindre University NHS Trust below, you would need to contact them individually for the information they hold.    

Velindre University NHS Trust 

Making a FOI request - Velindre University NHS Trust 

I am very sorry we are unable to help on this occasion. 


If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of the decision, you should write to the Corporate Complaints Manager, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, 3, Number 2, Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner for Wales
2nd Floor
Churchill House
Churchill Way
CF10 2HH

Telephone: 029 2067 8400