St Jude Hos­pi­tal Re­ceives Mo­bile Blood Bank

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

St Jude Hos­pi­tal is the re­cip­i­ent of a mo­bile blood bank unit do­nated by the Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS) of the United King­dom to the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia.

The do­na­tion of the DAF 45 se­ries, cus­tom-built mo­bile blood bank was made pos­si­ble through the per­sis­tent ef­forts of the St. Lu­cia Na­tional Com­mit­tee in the UK.

The vehicle was of­fi­cially pre­sented to the hos­pi­tal dur­ing a cer­e­mony held on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 30, 2017 at the Ge­orge Od­lum Sta­dium.

At the cer­e­mony, re­marks were made by the Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer in the Min­istry of Health Dr. Mer­lene Fred­er­icks, the Of­fi­cer in Charge of St Jude Hos­pi­tal, Dr. Sylvestre Fran­cois and the Chair­man of the Board of Direc­tors of St Jude Hos­pi­tal, Dr. Ul­ric Mon­de­sir. Re­marks were also heard from Mr. Ber­tram Leon from the St Lu­cia Na­tional Com­mit­tee in the UK. Also in at­ten­dance at Wed­nes­day's cer­e­mony were mem­bers of the St Lu­cia In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion.

“This ma­chine is mag­nif­i­cent in its spa­cious­ness, its ad hoc ap­point­ment of equip­ment, and its de­sign build for pur­pose. We look for­ward to many years of its pro­duc­tive use,” said Dr. Sylvestre Fran­cois.

The blood bank will be uti­lized to col­lect blood from sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure that St Jude Hos­pi­tal main­tains a con­stant sup­ply of blood to meet the vi­tal needs of its pa­tients in their treat­ment.

St Jude Hos­pi­tal is deeply grate­ful to the St Lu­cia Na­tional Com­mit­tee in the United King­dom and, in par­tic­u­lar, to Mr. Ber­tram Leon who be­gan ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Na­tional Health Ser­vice of the United King­dom as far back as 2013 to se­cure this mo­bile blood bank on be­half of the hos­pi­tal.

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, the blood bank was blessed by Pas­tor Wil­son Col­ly­more of the Vieux Fort Evan­gel­i­cal Church.

Dr Fran­cois added, “I would like to ap­peal to all healthy Saint Lu­cians to be­come vol­un­tary blood donors. It is safe to do­nate a unit of blood at least once a year. This will en­sure that there is blood avail­able to treat ac­ci­dent vic­tims in their time of need. I would like to see short­ages of blood be­come a thing of the past. It is a sim­ple mat­ter to con­tact the St. Jude Hos­pi­tal or Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal blood banks to sched­ule a do­na­tion.”

Saint Lu­cians are en­cour­aged to do­nate blood to the mo­bile blood bank when it comes to your area. St Jude Hos­pi­tal re­minds the pub­lic that do­nat­ing blood saves lives. The blood you do­nate to­day could save your life to­mor­row.

From left: Chair­man of the Board of Direc­tors at St Jude Hos­pi­tal, Dr Ul­ric Mon­de­sir, Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr Mer­lene Fred­er­icks, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Com­mit­tee in the UK: Bernie Clery and Al­bert Regis.

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