Donor appeal as stocks of blood run low
BLOOD stocks are worryingly low because of Arctic road conditions and an outbreak of viral infections.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) last night issued an urgent appeal for regular donors to make a special effort to travel to clinics to give blood.
Donation levels have slumped in the past three weeks as icy roads have made it impossible for many to reach clinics.
The Cork regional headquarters of the IBTS -- which caters for hospitals in Munster -- has been severely impacted by the weather-related problems.
Some stocks of rare blood types are now at extremely low levels.
IBTS director, Dr Joan Power, said the situation was "coming to a critical level".