Blood donations to be halted on Arran
Donors will no longer be able to give blood on Arran.
National changes to the blood collection programme will see the end of Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service donation clinics visiting the island.
All regular and previous donors on Arran were notified of the decision by letter, thanking them for their donations – which they stressed were appreciated – but telling them there would be not further sessions taking place at this time.
Citing a steady reduction in demand for blood, owing to improvements in transfusion practice and the reduction of the programme nationwide, the service also mentions location-based difficulties that have contributed to the decision.
The letter states: ‘We strive to give all our donors the opportunity to donate at a location which suits them. However when distances are long and logistically complex, with a risk of unpredictable adverse weather conditions, this can be challenging.
‘These important changes have been made to ensure that we continue to make best use of both our donors valuable gifts and NHS resources.’
Thanking them again for their donations and support, the notification letter confirmed that the decision will have no impact on the supply of blood to remote and rural areas.