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Blood for Life Week 2016

Blues Brothers  - “Everybody, needs somebody…We need you, you, and you”  

Blood 4 Life Week runs from Monday 13th June to Friday 17th June and aims to highlight awareness of the need for blood donation and more blood donors to attend clinics particularly during the Summer period. Recipients of blood can be any age and can include children a day old – for whom a few mls of blood can save their lives

Elle Fitzgerald -  “Summertime - and the living is easy….”             

Actually – not really. Summer time is traditionally a challenging time for blood donation as people’s routines are changed, kids are off school, exams are underway, people are on holidays – and sometimes even the weather is nice. All of these things mean less donors attend blood donation clinics

In addition, People’s haemoglobin (iron equivalent) levels drop during the warmer weather – so more donors are unable to give blood than is normal for the rest of the year

Current blood supply levels can be checked at but recent supplies have been as low as 2-3 days for several of the main blood groups.

ACDC –  “If you want blood, we got it”

Irish Blood Transfusion Service aims to hold 7 days blood supply at any one time, As blood only last 35 days and cannot be frozen, to maintain supplies to Ireland’s hospitals, IBTS needs to collect about 3000 donations a week

1 in 4 people will require a blood transfusion at some time in their lives but only 3% of the eligible population of Ireland are active blood donors


What can I do

-          Check our website to see whether you are eligible to give blood (“Can I give blood”)

-          See what clinics are on near you in the next 13 weeks (“Where to give blood”)

-          If there are no clinics near you in the near future, then “Register your interest” and we will contact you when a clinic is organised for your locality

-          Encourage others to give blood

-          Call 1850 731 137 if you need more information


World Blood Donor Day (Tuesday June 14th)

Blood 4 Life week incorporates World Blood Donor Day on Tuesday June 14th where health organisations worldwide promote the importance of blood donation and safe blood transfusion practices, and thank those people who do give blood and blood components.

IBTS is aiming to recruit 15,000 new donors this year from all round the country and is particularly encouraging young people to come forward and consider giving blood

There are lots of tips on giving blood (Bring a friend for moral support!) on the website and information about eligibility to give blood , and where and when clinics are on in your local area

World blood donor day is an opportunity to recognise the incredible contribution blood donors make to Ireland’s health. Without blood donors, the health system would simply stop.

The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is ‘Blood connects us all’ - and indeed 1 in 4 of us will require a blood transfusion at some time in our lives, while only 3% of Ireland’s eligible population are blood donors

See for some inspirational videos about blood donation and some interesting facts.

National Blood Centre, James's Street, Dublin 8.       Tel: 00 353 1 4322800       Fax: 00 353 1 4322930