blood donors

  • A permanent ban on donating blood for anyone who lived in the UK for a year or more between 1980 and 1996 has been reversed.

    The Irish Blood Transfusion Service says such donors will now be eligible to donate from 7th October next.

    In 2004, the permanent deferral policy was introduced for people who had been resident in the UK, including Northern Ireland, for a year or more between 1st Jan 1980 and end of Dec 1996, due to fears of BSE and CJD disease.

    This move resulted in the loss of up to 10,000 blood donors, and has been a source of annoyance for donors who have been unable to donate since then.

    Dr Stephen Field of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service told Midwest News that evidence is now available to allow this ban be overturned, which will allow many donors who lived and worked in the UK for a time during that period to return to blood donation clinics..

  • Blood donors across the West are being urged to make a special effort to give blood in the run-up to Christmas.

    The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is running extra clinics before the during and Christmas period to ensure they can meet the demand for blood transfusions in hospitals across the country.

    The IBTS says the demand for blood is constant - even over Christmas and New Year, and donors are asked to make an extra effort between now and then to attend a clinic and make a donation, with blood clinics coming up in Ballina and Crossmolina.

  • The number of blood donations in Ireland decreased by almost 1,000 last year, with Storm Emma and the Beast from the East being blamed for the drop, as the storms results in the cancellation of clinics.

    The Irish Blood Transfusion Service collected almost 126-thousand donations in 2018.

    The service needs 3,000 blood donations every week to meet demand.

    While the annual report shows an increase in the number of first-time donors last year, the number of donors in the 18-24 age category is low, and they're hoping for an improvement in these figures in 2019.

    The Minister for Health Simon Harris is urging blood donors, and those who would like to donate, to visit their local clinic and give blood.

    In Mayo this week, a blood donation clinic will be held at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5-8.30pm.