Blood clinic needs donors

Duane Hicks

It’s not too late for district residents to make an appointment to donate at the Canadian Blood Services’ fall clinic next Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 27-28) in the Fort High gym.
While CBS was here in August, it has returned due to a dire need for blood donations, said spokesperson Mike Choi.
“In the summer, right up until the beginning of October, we saw extremely low attendance at blood donor clinics across Canada,” Choi noted.
“This, in combination with the constant need for blood, caused the national inventory to be used faster than it could be replenished,” he explained.
“This created a situation where we saw the lowest national blood inventory since 2008.”
CBS launched an appeal to all Canadians at the beginning of October to help replenish the blood supply.
“Since then, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in blood donations across the country, which has helped us close the national blood inventory gap by one-third,” said Choi.
“However, the inventory is still not where it needs to be,” he stressed.
“We are still asking all eligible Canadians to make and honour their appointment, as well as bring in a friend or family member to donate alongside them,” Choi added.
CBS is looking to collect 250 units of blood over its two-day clinic in Fort Frances.
“To collect that many units, we will need to see about 350 donors pass through our doors, taking into account various deferrals, no-shows, and cancellations,” Choi noted.
“As it is ’flu season, we’d also like to remind our donors that those who will receive a ’flu vaccine within 48 hours of the clinic will not be allowed to donate,” he added.
Interested donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visiting www.blood.ca
The blood donor clinic will run Monday, Oct. 27 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday, Oct. 28 from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. at Fort High.
Walk-ins are welcome—though there’s no guarantee you won’t have to wait a while.
As well, those who have made appointments, but can’t keep them, are asked to call and cancel—opening up that time slot for someone else.