Appeal to Limerick blood donors as supplies run low

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THE IRISH Blood Transfusion Service is asking for urgent support from the people of Limerick to help rebuild the national blood supply, which the organisation says is “critically low”. 

According to Blood Transfusion Service Donor Services Director Paul McKinney, hospitals have been experiencing extreme pressures recently and there has been a sustained high demand for blood .

“We would normally have seven days’ supply in stock at all times but over recent weeks, supply in some blood groups has frequently fallen to just three days

“The recent high level of respiratory illness in the community has also impacted the collection of blood and as a result we are running critically low across all blood groups,” he explained.

Public blood donation clinics will be held in the Greenhills Hotel, Caherdavin on this Tuesday and Wednesday from 4.15pm to 7.30 pm and at the Pallasgreen Community Centre on Thursday from 4.45pm to 8pm.

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