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Urgent call for blood donations

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is concerned that it may not be able to maintain supplies to hospitals over the coming two weeks. While hospital requirements have been down in recent months (-4%), donations levels have dropped significantly (10-12%). “Donors have been attending in their usual numbers over the last six weeks. However, blood donations have remained low due to the fallout from the haemoglobin measurement technology issue identified at the beginning of November,” said operations director, Paddy Bowler. “Up to October 2015, one in seven donors attending clinics were unable to donate for various reasons, since November 2015 this has worsened to one in four attending donors being unable to donate. The increase is caused entirely by donors presenting with haemoglobin levels below permitted EU donation limits.In recent weeks the IBTS has requested hospitals to conserve the use of blood groups O negative and B negative. “This morning (Monday) blood supply levels of the main blood groups stand …

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Ennis gardai step up a gear for IBTS

THEY provide the sweat and gears – but it is up to you to provide the blood. Over five days from May 12 to May 16, a group of around 20 garda including Sergeant John Ryan and Chief Superintendent John Kerin, Ennis Garda Station will undertake a gruelling 1,000-kilometre cycle that will bring them to each one of the 26 counties. The Garda Blood4Life 2014 Cycle is a novel charity event. It’s not a fundraiser, instead, it aims to recruit blood donors and to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation in communities in every county. People are asked to pledge a unit of blood on the IBTS website www.giveblood.ie or call 021-4807400. Better still, attend a local clinic and turn your pledge into a donation. Last year, many of those who pledged a unit of blood, have since returned to give second and third donations.

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