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Dates For Thurles Blood Donation Clinics Next Week

Ms Geraldine O’Rourke, of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, reports:-

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) will attend at ‘The Dome’ in the grounds of Semple Stadium here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary in the coming days.

Their mobile unit will be in place on four dates next week:-
(1) Monday June 26th, from 2:00pm5:00pm.
(2) Tuesday June 27th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
(3) Wednesday June 28th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
(4) Thursday June 29th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

So where possible do please attend and help save a life by giving blood.

Facts of which everyone should be fully aware:

  • 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 in Ireland.
  • (A) One car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood; (B) A bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3-30 units of blood, and (C) A coronary artery bypass may use between 1-5 units of blood.
  • Approximately 70,000 patients will have transfusions in Irish hospitals this year.
  • Some 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 supply 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year.

For further details check our website www. giveblood.ie or contact us on Tel: (061) 306980.

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