Opportunities aren’t always easy to come by. In fact, one might well argue, that they are actually hard to come by and one needs to grab every single one when it passes by instead of waiting for the potential perfect opportunity. We’re talking about the proverbial “one bird in your hand is better than two in the bush” sort of thing here.
And yet, there are unfortunately those who don’t live by that motto. Those who would rather wait than take action. Those who are willing to let an opportunity pass just because it hasn’t happened at the perfect moment, or perhaps because grasping that opportunity is not 100% convenient.
This afternoon one of us was walking along Southwark Street, just round to corner from Borough Market, when we noticed an NHS Blood donation truck. Having been a blood donor before, and having a few hours to spare, a decision was taken to stop by and donate blood. It is, after all, one of the most selfless actions that one can do.
There was no line round the block, but just a couple of people waiting before 4pm. Yet, we still got turned away. “We’re quite busy,” we were told. We were then given a leaflet and asked to make an appointment.
We did just that as soon as we got home. But we couldn’t help but notice that the facility we had stopped by promotes itself as one that takes walk-ins. We wouldn’t have minded waiting, or at least being informed that there would be a wait. What we didn’t expect was to be outrightly turned away.
This occurrence begs the question: Does the NHS have enough blood supplies that it can afford to turn donors away? Or was the person manning the donor unit just desperate to wrap up a day’s work? We don’t know the answer to that question, but we did notice when we actually registered to make an appointment that the next available slot in the 3 closest units isn’t for almost a month.
There is another issue. This time of the year tends to bring out the willingness to do good. What are the chances that someone who pops in and wants to donate blood will lose that feeling in a few weeks and completely forget about their willingness to do good and donate blood? Shouldn’t the NHS just grab each opportunity or does it really afford to let it go?