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Need for increased blood donations on the Burin Peninsula

["Plenty of appointments left at this Friday's blood donor clinic at the Halifax Regional School Board offices, 33Spectacle Lake Dr."]

Last clinic saw less than half of donors needed

MARYSTOWN, NL — Canadian Blood Services would like to see more people from the Burin Peninsula rolling up their sleeves to give during a series of blood donor clinics in the region this week.

Deanna Jones, strategic communications specialist with Canadian Blood Services, told the Southern Gazette on Monday that to meet their total collection target for the peninsula, they need 305 donors.

“In Burin and Marystown, overall there are 252 appointments to fill. Some of those appointments have been booked, so as of today, the Burin event has 28 available appointments, and the Marystown event has 101 available appointments,” she detailed in an e-mail.

In Grand Bank, overall there are 84 appointments to fill.
“Some of those appointments have been booked, so as of today, the Grand Bank event has 44 available appointments.”

Jones said to date they have not meet their target for the Burin Peninsula for 2017.

“We were in Burin, Marystown and Grand Bank earlier in September,” she explained. “Last time for the three altogether we had 151 donors come out.”

Jones said currently, the organization is able to meet the needs of the hospitals.
‘The thing is, the need for blood is consistent, so of course the hospitals are continuing to use blood every single day. So, we need to continue to collect blood every single day to make sure that we maintain that inventory.”

She added the inventory of O- blood is lower than they would like, “so we’re especially looking for people who have O- blood to come out, but really all blood types are needed.”


Donor clinics will be held in the following locations:

Burin Community Blood Drive

College of the North Atlantic Gymnasium – 105 Main Street

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017


Grand Bank/Fortune Community Blood Drive

Grand Bank Lions Club Main Hall – 5 Church St

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

4-8 p.m.

Marystown Community Blood Drive

Marystown Hotel – 76 Ville Marie Drive

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

12:30-3 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m.

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