The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has called on donors to make appointments as there is a critical need for blood with stocks continuing to be negatively impacted by the pandemic.
“Next weekend is obviously a bank holiday. We are hoping for a strong collection next week,” chief executive of the IBTS Orla O’Brien told Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1.
“So for some of our groups we are close to a pre-amber state. Certainly we don’t want to be getting in to the zone of an amber alert. That has a knock-on on the health system.”
The IBTS receives 500 to 600 donations a day running from Monday through Thursday.
Between blood and platelets, they need to collect about 3,000 units of blood a week, 52 weeks of the year.
Ms O’Brien said Covid continues to cause problems for the service.
In recent weeks the 14-day waiting period between having Covid-19 and giving blood was reduced to seven days with a negative antigen test.
Members of the public who are interested in becoming new donors can register their interest on www.giveblood.ie