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2017-12-27 - Canadian Blood Services Has Urgent Need for Blood Donations

There is an urgent need for blood donation this holiday season so the City of Charlottetown has agreed to be an "awareness partner" for Canadian Blood Services to help them spread the word about the blood donation appointments that are still available.

"The holiday period is a challenging time for Canadian Blood Services given that people are busy with their holiday plans and may not be thinking of blood donation, but you really never know when you or a loved one may need help so we are encouraging people to consider donating," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "It doesn’t take very long to donate and your donation could save a life so please contact Canadian Blood Services today to see how you can help."

Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease. Platelets are also collected by Canadian Blood Services and this poses a particularly difficult challenge because platelet donations only have a shelf life of seven days. The need for platelets is pressing and ongoing; patients with serious bleeding or those undergoing cancer treatments rely on platelet donations.

The blood collection centre is Charlottetown is located at 85 Fitzroy Street. The hours of operation until January 5, 2018 are as follows:

December 27: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
December 28: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
December 29: 9a.m. to 1 p.m.
January 2: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
January 3: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
January 4: 3p.m. to 7 p.m.
January 5: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We are pleased so many Canadians have stepped up to fill open appointments to give blood and are confident others will join them by year-end or early in the New Year," said Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ Chief Supply Chain Officer. "It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give life but donors must continue to answer the call for blood, especially during the weeks of December 25 and January 1. Every donation is important and we still need donors to book appointments and, even more importantly, to keep them."  

To book an appointment, download the GiveBlood app available for iOS on the App Store or for Android on Google Play, call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283), or visit blood.ca. Canadians who are unable to give blood can give financially, and/or encourage others in their networks to give blood on their behalf.


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About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization. For more information, visit: www.blood.ca


Media contacts:

Canadian Blood Services
1-877-709-7773
media@blood.ca

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown
902-629-4102
jgavin@charlottetown.ca



Thursday, Jan 18, 2018
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