A DALGETY BAY woman has given blood for the 65th time at a recent Dunfermline collection.

Tracey Cunningham donated her first pint of blood at the age of 18 and has not looked back since.

"I've kept up the habit!" she joked.

An NHS 24 team member, donation number 65 was collected during the Scottish National Blood Transfusions Service’s (SNBTS) most recent visit to Dunfermline.

Tracey commented: "I donate when I'm able to, making sure that my iron levels are complete and I'm in good health.

"I'm actually a little squeamish watching anything to do with needles but once the process has started I'm absolutely fine.

"I'd recommend giving blood if you're able to – it doesn't take long and the staff always make you feel at ease.

"It's a real boost knowing you are doing something that will benefit others."

SNBTS has continued taking donations in recent months with additional processes and social-distancing measures in place to ensure safety for staff and donors alike.

Lynne Willdigg, associate director, Donor and Transport Services, said: "Blood donations now all take place on an appointment basis, whether that’s at a donor centre or a session in your local community.

"We have a number of changes in place to ensure your safety, and we’re particularly keen to welcome people who have never given blood before. If you’re in good health and not impacted by COVID-19, we would love to see you.

“You might find that the process takes a little longer than you're used to but our staff will do what they can to help.

"Most importantly – you still get a biscuit at the end!"

To find out more about giving blood during COVID-19, visit: www.scotblood.co.uk/news/covid-19-advice-for-donors/.

The next session in Dunfermline is on October 6 at the Vine Conference Centre between 2-4pm, as well as between 5.30-7.30pm.