Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.15 8 Dec 2019


Share this article


The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) says it is "concerned" about supply levels over the Christmas and new year period.

It is urging donors to make a special effort to give blood in the weeks leading up to and over the Christmas season.

From Monday December 9th to January 8th 2020, the service says it needs more than 12,000 donors to attend its clinics to maintain the blood supply.

To facilitate this, the IBTS is running 30 additional clinics on the Sundays and Fridays before and during the Christmas period.

Operations director Paul McKinney says this is to ensure they can meet demand.

"The lead into the Christmas/new year festivities presents significant challenges in sustaining the blood supply.

"Over the Christmas period we are losing 45 clinics and many of these fall on days which are traditionally our busiest days for collecting blood.

"That is why we are arranging extra clinics on Sundays 22nd December, 29th December and January 5th, and Fridays December 27th and January 3rd.

"These clinics are also vital for collecting blood for young babies who can only receive blood no more than five days old since collection."

On any given day, 200 patients receive transfusions in Irish hospitals.

Clinic details can be accessed on the IBTS website.


Share this article


Read more about

Blood Donation Blood Donation Clinics Blood Donations Christmas IBTS Irish Blood Transfusion Service Paul McKinney

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Off The Ball

Off The Ball

19:00-22:00

Share

Up next

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on