Extra blood donations needed as IBTS return to Ardee
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile clinic returns to Ardee over Christmas – so if you’ve some free time over the festive period, registered donors and new ones too are urged to come down and give blood.
The clinic is in Ardee Parish Centre on Wednesday December 27th from 4:30pm to to 8pm and is open again on Thursday December 28th during the same hours – from 4:30pm to 8pm in the evening. First time donors are advised that they do not need to register prior to attending and that that process can be completed at the venue. Just come along.
The IBTS is concerned that maintaining blood supplies will be difficult leading in to and over the Christmas and New Year period and is urging donors to make a special effort to give blood in the weeks leading up to Christmas and around the festive season too.
During this time, the IBTS needs more than 15,000 attendances nationwide from December 4th to January 7th to maintain the blood supply.
“Traditionally holiday periods and especially the lead into the Christmas/New Year festivities present significant challenges in sustaining the blood supply. On any given day 200 patients receive transfusions in Irish hospitals,” Operations Director Paul McKinney said.
“The demand for blood is constant. We supply product 365 days a year and will issue blood for transfusion to hospitals on Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day, so we are urging donors to give a priceless gift this Christmas, the gift of blood.”
Further details are available from the IBTS Donor Information Line on 1850 73 11 37 or alternatively you can call Ardee Area Organiser Catherine Hughes on 041 685 9994.
IBTS recommend that you have eaten something and have had plenty of cold drinks prior to making a donation and that you should allow yourself about an hour to an hour and a half to complete the process at the clinic from registration to refreshments.
The Give Blood website has more information about the process – including determining whether or not you can give blood. Traditionally, Ardee has always seen a very high number of donors and organisers are hopeful that that level of turnout can be replicated once again.
A clinic will also take place in Dunleer on Monday, December 18th between 5.30pm and 9pm.