Contingency plans in place to maintain blood supply amid coronavirus outbreak

Contingency plans in place to maintain blood supply amid coronavirus outbreak

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is appealing to potential donors in Cork, who are fit and healthy, to consider donating blood.

THE Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is appealing to potential donors in Cork who are fit and healthy to consider donating blood.

It comes as the organisation strengthens its restrictions on who can donate blood to the service amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

While the IBTS usually operates a deferral system for donations surrounding travel to certain areas, these restrictions have been tightened in the wake of the outbreak.

It is not accepting donations from donors with travel to Italy, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Singapore and South Korea in the last 28 days.

It is also urging people not to attend their clinics if they are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, regardless of travel history.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation, and we have contingency plans in place,” explained Maureen Gill Emerson, Donor Services Manager with the IBTS. “It’s a very fluid situation and we are meeting regularly to discuss this.” 

Ms Gill Emerson says while supply levels are currently acceptable, “this is something which could change quickly though”.

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