Blood­do­na­tion clinic

The Argus - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

If you’d like to help save a life, there is an op­por­tu­nity to give blood at the IBTS mo­bile clinic lo­cated in St. Fran­cis Na­tional School, Black­rock, Mon­day, Oc­to­ber, 16 from 5pm to 8:30pm.

Some day this could be you or a fam­ily mem­ber. Ev­ery day, pa­tients in hos­pi­tals through­out Ire­land re­quire blood trans­fu­sions. Each and ev­ery week 3,000 do­na­tions are needed in Ire­land.

The Ir­ish Blood Trans­fu­sion Ser­vice (IBTS) pro­vides the blood and blood prod­ucts needed in hos­pi­tals to help th­ese pa­tients. Please re­mem­ber that Our Lady of Lour­des Hos­pi­tal, Drogheda re­quired 2,466 units in 2016

Blood trans­fu­sions may be re­quired for rou­tine sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures and cancer treat­ment. A car ac­ci­dent vic­tim may re­quire up to 30 units of blood. The av­er­age adult has be­tween 10 and 12 pints of blood. A blood do­na­tion is just 470mls – less than one pint.

If you are fit and healthy, aged 18 to 65 (be­tween 65 and 70 years if you have do­nated in the last 10 years) over 7st.12 lbs. (50kg) and have not do­nated in the last 90 days, please make a spe­cial ef­fort to come along.

Help en­sure that es­sen­tial blood sup­plies are al­ways avail­able. Re­mem­ber you can make a dif­fer­ence.

Please eat at least a light snack in the 3 hours be­fore do­nat­ing. Please en­sure es­sen­tial blood sup­plies are al­ways avail­able by giv­ing blood reg­u­larly.

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