Canadian Blood Services in need of donations

30 December, 2017, 03:12 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Betty Lutz of Charlottetown was donating blood Wednesday the blood collection centre in Charlottetown. Canadian Blood Services has an urgent need for blood donation this holiday season

Canadian Blood Services reports an urgent need for blood donations - and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is urging Islanders to roll up their sleeves now.

"It's understandable, everyone's busy this time of year especially, but we're also Canadian and we're always in a giving mood so we'd like people to step forward and book their appointments to donate across the country", said Belinda Tomiyama, Canadian Blood Services' Lethbridge territory manager.

Officials say the holiday season is often a slower time for blood donations with travel, family activities and changes in routines posing challenges to blood collections, especially the last half of December into the new year.

UBS says during the holiday season, blood donations tend to drop about 40 percent and it's during that time that donations are needed most.

The Red Deer clinic is open 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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United Blood Services strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type at all times. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O-negative blood.

The need for platelets, it adds, is pressing and ongoing: patients with serious bleeding or those undergoing cancer treatments rely on platelet donations.

"People in Pictou County are very generous and loyal and we appreciate their support", said MacDonald.

But because of strict screening regulations, the need for certified Arabic translators and gathering detailed information on donors' health backgrounds, Nammoura said the event had to be postponed for the new year, and limited to 50 refugees for now.

There is an online quiz available at blood.ca to check your eligibility.

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