Why give blood:
Anyone who undergoes serious surgery needs a blood transfusion to replace what they lose during their operation. Many critically ill people with long-term conditions like haemophilia or leukaemia require blood or blood products, such as platelets, on a regular basis to keep them alive and improve their quality of life. All this blood has to be donated by someone, and the job of collecting blood and blood products for these Irish patients belongs to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS).
Some hospitals are now offering the option of allowing people to donate in advance if they are undergoing a procedure. This is known as autologous blood donation. If you are going for planned surgery, you should ask your hospital doctor about this option.
The IBTS are charged with finding enough blood and blood products for all the people in Ireland who need them. To do this, they organise blood donation centres all around the country, and have a number of mobile blood donation vehicles that travel to workplaces and public spaces to collect blood from the general public.
Giving blood is literally giving someone else the chance of life. You or your loved ones may one day be in the unfortunate position of needing a blood transfusion. Other people require blood to live now, and they are depending on the 30% of Irish population who are currently giving blood.
There is always a need for people to give blood and though the IBTS manage the supply of the blood very well, supplies can sometimes run low. The vast majority of Irish Adults are physically able to give blood, and donating can now be done very quickly, conveniently and with minimum of discomfort.
Clinics in Clonmel will take place at the Clonmel Park Hotel
Thursday 6th September 2012, 3:00pm – 5:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm
We recommend that you have eaten something and have had plenty of cold drinks.
Allow yourself about an hour to an hour and a half to complete the process at the clinic from registration to refreshments.
If you feel unwell after making a donation or think you may be coming down with an infection and wish to speak to the doctor on call, please contact us at 021 4807400 for donors in the Munster region.