With summer fast approaching, 200,000 blood donations will be needed over the next 10 weeks to prepare to support patients’ needs over the warmer months.
Canadian Blood Services says the need for blood donations never takes a holiday, but there tends to be fewer blood donations during the summer.
Recent factors, including new donation rules to protect the blood supply from the Zika virus, along with temporary deferrals associated with travel plans, seasonal health conditions like the flu and missed appointments have also put added pressure on Canada’s blood supply.
“We need 3,500 blood donations in Regina to help patients throughout the summer. We have a greater need for donors with Type O blood, but all donors are encouraged to get involved,” says Susan Matsumoto, director donor relations, Alberta, Saskatchewan and NWT.
The Regina blood donor clinic at 2571 Broad Street is open to receive your much-needed donations:
- Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 12 noon and 4 – 8 p.m.
- Friday 8 a.m. -12 noon
- Saturday 8 a.m. -12 noon
People are encouraged to book an appointment and download the GiveBlood app.