Blood do­na­tions to be halted on Ar­ran

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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.

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