The double irony was that I had never actually given blood before - we have a mobile unit here about 4 times a year and I usually miss the adverts. I had made a real effort to note this one, as I felt that, although I hadn't needed blood last December, if I had been operated on as was suggested at one point, I would have had blood ready for me.
I was told that my haemoglobin levels were a bit low. They would do a blood test for me - but they would re-book me for their next visit in 3 months time.
Today I had a letter in the post - asking me to see my doctor and that the Blood Transfusion Service does not want my blood for at least a year.
I have tried getting an appointment - but like doctor's surgeries the world over - no luck. so I am going to go down first thing tomorrow - at least that way I can't get an engaged tone on the phone!