Corn­wall among top lo­ca­tions for blood do­na­tions in East­ern ON

Seaway News - - NEWS - SHAWNA O’NEILL [email protected]

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices held their first donor clinic of the New Year on Tues­day, Jan. 1 at the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex.

A to­tal of 119 peo­ple at­tended the clinic on Jan. 1 and 99 were able to make a do­na­tion. Mary Ann St. Michael, Ter­ri­tory Man­ager with Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices, be­lieves these num­bers re­flected great at­ten­dance.

“We had our first New Year’s Day mo­bile blood donor cen­tre in Corn­wall,” said St. Michael. “Over­all, we were happy with the re­sults. A few peo­ple were dif­fered for low he­mo­glo­bin and hav­ing re­cently trav­elled to (a po­ten­tial) malaria zone. We usu­ally see 130 to 140 peo­ple come down on the first Tues­day of ev­ery month when we visit Corn­wall and we col­lect about 120 do­na­tions. It’s pretty im­pres­sive ac­tu­ally.”

St. Michael ex­plained that Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices is­sued a call-out for 120 blood do­na­tions in Corn­wall prior to the clinic on Jan. 1 as a low turnout was ex­pected dur­ing the hol­i­day.

“What we see over the hol­i­days is a dip in peo­ple mak­ing blood do­na­tions, so we an­tic­i­pated a lower than usual turnout,” said St. Michael. “The need for blood doesn’t take a hol­i­day.”

Blood do­na­tions are con­tin­u­ally a ne­ces­sity across the coun­try, specif­i­cally the platelet col­lec­tion, which is only us­able for up to seven days. The platelet col­lec­tion is of­ten used in can­cer treat­ments.

St. Michael be­lieves that Corn­wall col­lects the sec­ond most blood do­na­tions per month in East­ern ON dur­ing donor clin­ics. The com­mu­nity of Or­leans col­lects a slightly greater amount.

“Monthly in Or­leans we col­lect about 144 units of blood and about 120 units per month in Corn­wall,” said St. Michael.

Ac­cord­ing to St. Michael, blood col­lected lo­cally is most likely dis­trib­uted in East­ern ON but could move across the coun­try de­pend­ing on de­mand.

Blood donor clin­ics typ­i­cally oc­cur on the first Tues­day of ev­ery month in Corn­wall, held at the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex but moved to the Ra­mada Inn dur­ing the sum­mer.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one who came out on New Year’s Day in Corn­wall. We hope peo­ple make do­nat­ing blood their New Year’s res­o­lu­tion for 2019,” said St. Michael.

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