JIS News

The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is reporting that the severe weather over the past week has impacted on blood collection and stock.
In fact, the number of requests for blood products has far exceeded the amount available from the blood bank.
“We have 71 units in hand on Tuesday (October 25) with requests for 200 units. We are at a low point, again,” Sandra Brown, Communications Officer at the NBTS told JIS News.
“We really need persons to come out now that the sun is out and the weather is less severe,” she added.
The bad weather, Miss Brown informed, hampered the regular blood collection drives at organisations and institutions, leading to the cancellations of some drives. It also affected persons visiting various centres across the island to donate blood.
“We are appealing to persons and voluntary donors to make an effort to visit collection centres to donate blood,” she said.
Miss Brown further mentioned that the NBTS would be more than willing to make special arrangements to facilitate groups of persons, who wanted to donate blood outside of the regular hours.
She also urged groups, churches and companies as well as institutions to establish group accounts at the blood bank.
“Put it on your schedule once or twice a year to donate blood. A team can come to your office and collect the units,” Miss Brown said.
Blood collection centres are located at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona; Mandeville Hospital in Manchester; Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland; St. Ann’s Bay Hospital in St. Ann; Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay; and Port Antonio Hospital in Portland. The blood collection centre at the National Chest Hospital is currently experiencing some challenges and will resume operations soon. Persons are also reminded that the Spanish Town Hospital in St. Catherine is no longer a blood collection centre.