BLOOD DONORS WANTED NOW TO SAVE LIVES
One in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. Every day, patients in hospitals throughout Ireland require blood transfusions. Sometimes it may be for a routine surgical procedure such as a hip operation. Other times it may be for someone recovering from a road traffic accident, major surgery such as a heart bypass or perhaps a transfusion is needed to enable a patient to tolerate the effects of cancer treatment. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) provides the blood and blood products needed in hospitals to help these patients. Every week 3,000 donations are needed in Ireland. A coronary artery bypass may use between 1 and 5 units of blood. A car victim may require up to 30 units of blood, a bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3 and 30 units of blood. An average adult has between 10 and 12 pints of blood. A blood donation is just 470mls – less than one pint. Please remember that Cavan General Hospital required 1,392 units and our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda required 2,030 units in 2015.
If you’d like to help, there is an opportunity to give blood at the IBTS mobile clinic in
Phoenix Leisure Centre, Carrickmacross
Sunday 20th March, 2016
From 11:30am to 3:00pm
Monday 21st March, 2016
From 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Please Note Days & Opening Times
Help Ensure Essential Blood Supplies Are Always Available By Giving Blood Regularly.
For further details, please contact our lo-call Donor Information Line 1850 – 73 11 37
or Catherine Hughes, Acting Area Organiser at our Ardee Regional Office, 041 – 685 9994 or www.giveblood.ie