Irish Blood Transfusion services makes donor appeal.
The public is being urged to donate blood in that run up to Christmas to ensure hospitals have enough stocks available to treat patients especially babies, in emergencies.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is concerned that blood supplies will be difficult leading in to and over the Christmas/New Year period and is urging donors to make a special effort to give blood in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
“Traditionally holiday periods and especially the lead into the Christmas/New Year festivities present significant challenges in sustaining the blood supply. On any given day 200 patients receive transfusions in Irish hospitals”, said Operations Director, Paul McKinney.
“Christmas day and New Years Day both fall on a Monday, which is an important collection day, especially collecting blood for babies and could have a serious impact on the blood supply. We are running additional clinics in the weeks before Christmas and 4 special clinics on Saturday 23rd December, to make sure there is blood available for patients over this period.
“The demand for blood is constant. We supply product 365 days a year and will issue blood for transfusion to hospitals on Christmas Day, St Stephen's Day and New Year's Day, so we are urging donors to give a priceless gift this Christmas, the gift of blood,” he said.
A mobile donation unit will visit the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow on Wednesday, December 27 from 4.30pm until 8pm.
Clinic details can be obtained on www.giveblood.ie.