There will be a final opportunity to donate blood before Christmas, when the Irish Blood Donation Clinic visits Thurles, Co. Tipperary; attending at The Dome, Semple Stadium, here in the town.
This opportunity will take the form of an evening clinic to be held on Thursday 3rd December, 2015 next, operating from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. It is also important to note that Clinics are also operating from Nenagh, Co Tipperary from December 7th, to 10th, inclusive and details of the timing of these clinics will be posted in advance around the Nenagh area.
For further details do check the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) website www. giveblood.ie or contact them directly via Tel: 061 306980.
In considering your attendance for the first time at one of these clinics; please do remember:-
- One in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives.
- Only 5% of the population are regular blood donors.
- Over 1,000 Irish people receive transfusions every week here in the Republic of Ireland.
- One car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood, a bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3-30 units of blood and a coronary artery bypass may use between 1-5 units of blood.
- Approximately 70,000 patients will have transfusions in Irish hospitals this year.
- 3,000 blood donors are needed each week in Ireland.
- A unit of blood lasts for just 35 days.
- Some blood packs for new born babies or cancer treatment only lasts for 5 days.
- There is no substitute for human blood.
The IBTS supplies 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year; so if possible help save a life by donating blood.
A massive thank you to all those unselfish individuals who turn out regularly supporting clinics around the country.