Char­lot­te­town and area res­i­dents asked to do­nate blood

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Features/community -

Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents of Char­lot­te­town and sur­round­ing area to book an ap­point­ment to do­nate blood this fall.

Call 1-888-2-DO­NATE (1 888-236-6283) for blood donor clinic in­for­ma­tion, el­i­gi­bil­ity in­for­ma­tion or to book a life-sav­ing ap­point­ment.

In ad­di­tion to the lower do­na­tions which gen­er­ally be­gin at this time of year due to in­clement win­ter weather and the fast ap­proach­ing hol­i­day sea­son, peo­ple are faced with an un­cer­tain cold and flu sea­son. For this rea­son, Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices is ask­ing donors to do­nate now while they are healthy and to re-book an ap­point­ment for 56 days later. Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices re­minds peo­ple that if they get a sea­sonal flu shot or the H1N1 vac­ci­na­tion, they can still give blood. How­ever, donors should do so be­fore their shots or wait for two days af­ter the shot.

Peo­ple can do­nate blood at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tion in Char­lot­te­town: Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices Blood Donor Clinic, 85 Fitzroy St. — whole blood donor clinic, Tues­days and Wed­nes­days 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30-7:30 p.m.; plasma clinic, Tues­days and Wed­nes­days 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thurs­days and Fri­days, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

“ Your blood do­na­tion is a gift that can be given ev­ery 56 days through­out the year to help hospi­tal pa­tients in need,” says a release.

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