Blood donations needed in the run up to the October bank holiday in Shannonside region

Roscommon has the second lowest number of blood donations in the country per head of population.

That’s according to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service who released their annual report today showing that donations were down by nearly 1000 across the country in 2018 compared to 2017.

Coming up to the October bank holiday donations are urgently needed to build up stock levels before the long weekend.

3000 donations are required per week to keep up supply as blood only last 35 days and blood for babies only 5 days.

Roscommon had the lowest number of donations per capita at 20% with just over 1000 donations Longford 28% with just under 900 donations and Leitrim at nearly 44% at just over 1100.

Chief Executive of the Blood Transfusion Service Andy Kelly, is calling for more people to come forward to donate blood and not to put it off until tomorrow.