In preparation for the busy holiday season, the Blood Donor Centre, located on the first floor at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, is seeking blood donations to replenish supplies.
A statement from the BHB said: “While we are especially seeking O positive, A positive, B positive and O negative donors, we also welcome donations of all blood types. We are now open Monday and Friday from 8:30am to 1:30pm and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Please contact the Blood Donor Centre at 236-5067 to make an appointment. We thank members of the community in advance for supporting this call for blood donations.
- The Blood Donor Centre requires 40 to 50 people every week to keep blood supplies at the level required to meet patients’ needs.
- Only about 1,100 people in Bermuda donate blood regularly.
- Most healthy people between 18 and 70 who weigh a minimum of 110lbs can donate blood.
- Healthy blood is vital to us all. It has three major functions: to carry oxygen and nutrients to the body cells so they can create energy; to help defend the body against infections and injuries; and to remove waste products from the body cells.
- The average adult contains 12 pints of blood, which contains many substances including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma.
- When you donate blood, one pint is taken which your body will easily replenish within 24 hours. The blood is then separated into different components.
- To ensure a donor is healthy enough to give blood, donors are asked to fill out a questionnaire and their blood pressure and haemoglobin is checked.
- The entire process, including pre-testing, donating and time for refreshments afterwards takes about half an hour.