Monday 24 November 2014

Public urged to give blood this month as stocks run low

Georgina O'Halloran

Published 05/01/2013 | 05:00

The public are being urged to give blood this month in light of dwindling supplies nationwide.

Chief executive of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) Andy Kelly is calling on people to donate blood over the next few weeks to bolster depleted blood supplies and to ensure the service can meet demand from hospitals.

"Nationally we now have between four to five days' supply in the three major groups, O-positive, A-positive and O-negative. Our requirement is six to seven days supply," he said.

"Blood supplies are running low. We're asking people to come into our clinics so we have six to seven days' supply going into February and March."

He said January tends to be difficult for the IBTS because many people are focused on just "getting through" the month and may not think of giving blood.

"The demand doesn't reduce in January but the supply does."

Mr Kelly also asked people "make a New Year's resolution" to give blood regularly.

"We need a consistent supply because blood only lasts 35 days."

The IBTS is increasing its clinics across the country over the next few weeks.

Extra clinics will be held this Sunday at Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, Kilkenny and Mountbellew, Co Galway. For more information visit www.give blood.ie or call 1850 731137.

Irish Independent

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