Canadian Blood Services is activating the “blood signal” and asking eligible Canadians to donate blood now.
Over the next two weeks, Canadian Blood Services needs 17,000 more Canadians to book an appointment to donate blood, including 3,088 in B.C. and Yukon.
The summer months are challenging for Canada’s blood system as donors change their routines, take vacations and are involved with outdoor activities—donating blood is not always top of mind.
With lower than expected collections through the end of June and the first two weeks of July, coupled with constant hospital demand, Canadian Blood Services is asking Canadians to answer the call to donate blood.
Blood systems in the United States and UK have recently issued urgent appeals for blood donors with fewer donations being made this summer and overall blood inventory levels falling.
“The reality is that the need for blood does not take a summer vacation and we need more Canadians to book an appointment now,” said Ed Yee, director of donor and clinic services for the B.C. and Yukon region of Canadian Blood Services.
“Patients in hospitals still require transfusions of blood products for surgeries, cancer treatments and other procedures.”
According to Canadian Blood Services, one person who is seriously injured in a car crash could need as many as 50 blood donations to help save his/her life.
“Our national inventory means that no one is currently going without blood and we can draw on its reserves so that patients who need blood continue to get it.
“We do, however, need to replenish our blood supply after a challenging start to the summer and we’re calling on donors from the B.C. and Yukon areas to donate.”
West Kelowna blood donor clinic availabilities are: Monday, Aug. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Assembly Church (2600 Herbert Rd.).
The Kelowna blood donor clinic is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as every second Saturday—July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24, etc.—from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 103 – 1865 Dilworth Drive.
To book an appointment, visit blood.ca or call 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283).