A blood donation clinic will be held in Wallaceburg on February 15

A blood donation clinic will be held at UAW Hall in Wallaceburg on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Marisa Gatfield, local area manager for Canadian Blood Services, told Sydenham Current that there are currently eight appointments available.

“As we get closer to the Wallaceburg blood donation event…same day appointments may become available due to appointment cancellations or rescheduling,” Gatfield said.

“Appointments can be scheduled on the day of the event by visiting: blood.ca or downloading the GiveBlood app.”

Canadian Blood Services officials say that every minute of every day, a patient in Canada needs blood.

“The need for blood is constant and it often takes more than one donor to help save a life,” say Canadian Blood Services officials.

“Like other organizations across Canada, the latest wave of COVID-19 is challenging Canadian Blood Services like never before. Always, but especially now, new and old donors are essential to meet Canada’s needs. Regular donors affected by the latest wave of COVID-19 cannot donate if they are sick or need to self-isolate. We need new donors to step in and help us today and in the weeks and months to come. »

If you are considering donating blood for the first time, you must be:

– In good general health

– Able to perform your normal daily activities

– At least 17 years old

– Meet the height and weight requirements if you are between 17 and 23 years old.

Visit our website at blood.ca for the ABCs of eligibility or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-238-6283) to discuss eligibility.

Canadian Blood Services officials say they are currently accepting donors by appointment to maintain physical distancing at our centers.

Tips to remember:

– Drink plenty of fluids – be well hydrated

– Having eaten something (preferably salty)

– Good night’s rest

– Don’t forget to bring government-issued ID or your Canadian Blood Services donor card.

“All donors are encouraged to get involved, but there is a specific need for type O blood donors, especially O-negative,” say Canadian Blood Services officials.

“When seconds count, someone’s life is at stake, and there is no time to check blood type, emergency hospital patients can all receive O-negative blood.”

COVID 19 protocols are in place at all donor centers and mobile events, Canadian Blood Services officials added.

“When a donor, employee or volunteer walks through our doors, they can take comfort in knowing that we are taking proactive steps to limit the risk of infection,” say Canadian Blood Services officials.

“In addition to our robust cleaning and screening practices, we have implemented a welcome wellness checkpoint, a mandatory mask policy, physical distancing measures and enhanced and frequent cleaning practices that closely align with Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommendations. Our team constantly monitors and assesses whether additional measures are needed to protect the health and safety of donors, employees and volunteers. An overview of our COVID 19 protocols is available on our website at blood.ca.

Canadian Blood Services officials added, “Blood donors help support the health of our communities. Regularly more donors are needed to maintain a strong national inventory of blood and blood products to meet patient needs. Donating blood is one of the most direct ways for someone to help someone in need.


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