Blood donors urged to make 'special effort' over Christmas as supplies run low
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is concerned that blood supplies will be difficult to maintain between now and the end of the Christmas period and is urging donors to make a special effort to give blood during this time.
IBTS expects 10,000 donations will be needed during this period.
A spokesperson told Independent.ie: “Traditionally holiday periods and especially the lead into the Christmas/New Year festivities present significant difficulties in sustaining the blood supply. In addition, with both Christmas Day and New Year’s day falling on the Sunday, we cannot run our traditional Sunday clinics during that period.”
“Low attendances at clinics in recent weeks have seen supply for some blood groups drop to just 4 days. The additional clinics will assist with this but it is also important the clinics of Christmas week are well attended as we need to maintain the blood supply.
"There will be additional pressure in supplying maternity and children’s hospitals who only use blood for very young children that is no older than five days.
To boost supplies before Christmas, IBTS are running extra additional clinics this Sunday 18th December in December in Dunshaughlin, Carlow, Perrystown (Dublin), Scariff and Roscommon town.