Irish Blood Transfusion Service to introduce appointment system

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is introducing an appointment system for its blood donation clinics during the coronavirus pandemic.

It says it needs to maintain supply, but is introducing changes in order to implement safe social distancing. 

Cancer patients, trauma cases and newborn babies will still require transfusions.

However only 80 per cent of the normal supply is required due to the cancellation of many hospital procedures and surgeries. 

Andy Kelly Chief Executive of the IBTS says only people who are feeling fit and well should attend a clinic.


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