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Friday 22 September 2017

Appeal for blood: Sunny weather leads to sharp drop in donations

THE IRISH Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS)has made an urgent appeal for donations as the warm spell has seen a sharp fall in stocks.

Chief Executive, Andrew Kelly, said donations fell by 26pc at some clinics last week as people made the most of the good weather.

There is currently a four-day supply of blood in the country, but the IBTS would like to have seven days in the bank.

It is expected that the exams and Euro 2012 will see a further drop in donations, and Mr Kelly appealed to donors to make a special effort to give blood in the coming weeks.

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