Patients at risk as stocks of blood fall
Hospitals will be left without a guaranteed supply of blood in the coming weeks unless there is a large increase in donations.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) said it needed an additional 1,500 donations over the next three weeks to stabilise national supplies.
With just three days' supply left, it will be very difficult to guarantee supply to hospitals in the coming weeks.
IBTS director of operations Paul McKinney said: "While the summer is always difficult, we still managed to maintain the supply to the hospitals.
"However, attendances at clinics over the past number of weeks have been consistently down by 6pc, while the demand has remained constant.
"The IBTS is calling for blood donors to make a special effort to give blood over the coming weeks to restore blood supplies to seven days across the main blood groups."
He said that in addition to regular clinics, the service is taking a number of measures to address the shortage in supply including extra clinics next Sunday in Wexford town, Celbridge, Co Kildare, and Mountbellew, Co Galway. All clinic details are available on www.giveblood.ie