Cork people urged to donate blood as stock dwindles

Cork people urged to donate blood as stock dwindles
Cork people urged to donate blood today at St Finbarr's Hospital

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has called for Cork donors to give blood at St Finbarr’s Hospital today.

The IBTS, responsible for the national blood supply, revealed that it has less than ten days supply of blood groups in its current supply.

The service will be at St Finbarr’s hospital today from 3.30pm to 7.30pm and has urged people to attend and give blood.

Minister for Health Simon Harris recently called on people to give blood at their local blood donation clinics over the coming weeks.

Figures show that one in four people will require a blood transfusion at some time in their lives but that only 2% of the population actually donates blood.

The blood supply diminishes over the Christmas period as collections are reduced but demand remains unchanged.

“To ensure that the Irish Blood Transfusion Service maintains a supply to meet hospital demands over the winter period, I am urging all blood donors, and those who would like to be blood donors, to visit their nearest clinic and to give blood, particularly in the early days of the new year,” said Minister Harris.

“Every week, hundreds of patients in hospitals all around the country are helped in their recovery by the ready availability of blood.

“I am appealing to those who able to give blood to make it their New Year's resolution and make a vital difference to those in need,” he added.

People can check if they’re eligible to give blood by taking a short survey on giveblood.ie.

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