'Spit clinic' to be held in Plymouth for bone marrow awareness
A 'SPIT clinic' is being held to encourage people to sign up to the Bone Marrow Register.
Student group Marrow are holding the event with the Anthony Nolan Trust to raise awareness of the importance of donating bone marrow, which can help to treat conditions such as leukaemia.
Fourth year medical student Rachna Joshi, who is part of Marrow, said: "A spit clinic involves a trained counselling session where it is explained what the trust is, what it means to be on the Bone Marrow Register and what happens if a recipient is found.
"Members of the public aged between 16 and 35 spit into a tube. This sample is sent to a database centre in London where it is analysed and stored.
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"If a patient requires a bone marrow transplant the database is searched for a potential genetic match.
"If a match is found, often donors are asked to have a dialysis machine attached to them which filters the blood and takes a few hours at the most. Donors are awake and sat up and it's about as painful as donating blood."
The clinic is being held at the Roland Levinsky Building at the University of Plymouth on Monday March 4 from 9am-5pm.