Are you Rh-negative?
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is urgently appealing for more regular donors to give blood, especially O-, A- and B- donors, as stocks have fallen to just three days supply.
High demand from hospitals, an increase in illness among donors in the community over the last number of weeks, and the recent adverse weather conditions have all combined to create a shortage of blood, particularly in the Rh Negative groups.
The IBTS aims to have seven days stock at all times so they require regular donors, 3,000 per week in fact, to donate blood.
“The IBTS is urging regular donors to respond when they receive a text from us and to make an appointment, said Paul McKinney, Director of Donor Services and Logistics.
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“A pre-amber alert has been issued in line with the National Blood Shortage Plan for the Rh- Negative blood groups, which requests conservative use of blood by all hospitals. All donations are needed to avoid any impact on our hospital system.”
Regular donors can book an appointment online at giveblood.ie or phone 1800 731 137.