Blood donation clinics to implement new measures during Covid-19 crisis

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has announced changes to clinics in order to continue blood collection in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released today, donors are asked to make appointments to manage attendance and ensure maximum social distancing.

According to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, approximately eighty percent of normal blood supply is needed, with cancer patients and transplant cases still relying on donors.

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Donors will be contacted by text and will be triaged on arrival before being pre-assessed again before proceeding to donate.

The new measures will come into effect on Monday the 30th of March.

Upcoming donation dates in the Shannonside region include clinics in Roscommon Town on the 28th, 29th and 30th of April, as well as the 8th and 9th of April in Castleblayney-Ardee.

Clinics in Leitrim will take place in Carrick-on-Shannon on the 27th and 28th of May, in Manorhamilton on the 23rd of June and Ballinamore on the 25th of June.

No clinics are scheduled for Longford until the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June in Longford Town.