BLOOD donation sessions will continue on the Isle of Wight, despite public concerns the service would stop visiting — but the future of the 13 staff remains unclear.
NHS Blood and Transplant Service (NHSBT) announced in May it would be making changes to when and where it collected blood on the Island, to save money that could then be put back into frontline patient care.
The changes included bringing a team from the mainland to conduct blood donation sessions at three venues, Ventnor, Cowes and Newport, from the autumn.
The last blood donation sessions conducted by the Isle of Wight team will be on September 25 at Freshwater but staff still do not know where they will be working after that, or whether they will be made redundant. It is understood they are entitled to three months’ notice but no notices have been issued.
Asked about redundancies, a spokesman for NHSBT Service said: "We have been working towards redundancies by voluntary means, where possible, and working with unions throughout the process.
"We are undergoing the individual consultation process and cannot give further staffing information.
"Our immediate priority is working with our blood collection staff to do everything we can to support our employees through any changes," said the spokesman.