Friday 9 December 2016

Appeal as bad weather hits blood stocks

Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30

BTS operations director Paddy Bowler has said in certain areas supply levels of the main blood groups have dropped as low as a three-day supply. Photo: Reuters
BTS operations director Paddy Bowler has said in certain areas supply levels of the main blood groups have dropped as low as a three-day supply. Photo: Reuters

The Irish Blood Transfusions Service (IBTS) has issued an urgent appeal for donors to come forward, warning that the recent spell of bad weather has adversely impacted blood stocks.

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IBTS operations director Paddy Bowler has said in certain areas supply levels of the main blood groups have dropped as low as a three-day supply.

"In the three-week period since December 21, donor attendance at clinics had been significantly affected by the bad weather. In flooded areas of the country safety advice had been to make only journeys that are absolutely necessary," said Mr Bowler. "This has resulted in blood supply levels of the main blood groups at three days. This will only sustain hospitals for the next three to four days.

"Blood is in constant demand and the IBTS aims to hold seven days' supply."

For clinic details, visit www.giveblood.ie

Irish Independent

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