South Shore holds string of blood clinics

Attendance vital due to storm closures


KELSEY POWER PHOTO Xlomara Arias, a phlembotomist with Canadian Blood Services, takes a donation from Brenda Boutilier, who came from Tancook to give blood at a recent Chester Legion clinic.


While winter hinders everyday businesses and schools, it also impacts the availability of individuals to donate their blood.

Canadian Blood Donor Services came to the Chester Legion Monday, February 9, 2015.

Even though this was a scheduled event, increased attendance was of the utmost importance.

“It’s just extra important that we have it filled with donors. For today in Chester, we’re hoping to have 72 donations,” said Deborah Macgillivray, territory manager for Nova Scotia mobile Canadian Blood Services.

The current need is due to nature, as recent storms have caused regular clinic cancellations and lower than usual attendance at clinics. Canadian Blood Services even published a media advisory February 3, 2015 to help replenish the national inventory of blood.

“It’s unsafe for donors or staff to get to the venue,” said Ms Macgillivray. “Because we had to shut down clinics across the province we ‘lost’ donations that day.”

Brenda Boutilier, a resident of Tancook Island and a regular blood donor, made the trip to Chester on February 9 specifically to give.

“I think it’s important to give blood because you never know when you might need it yourself,” she said.

Canadian Blood Services visits Chester five times a year. These visits are part of regular blood donor clinics across Nova Scotia to help hospitals sustain their daily needs for patients.

“We could really use more donors,” said Ms Macgillivray. “Our donor base in Chester is very dedicated but very small. If anybody of the age 17 or older feels they are eligible to [donate], they can call us at 1-888-2-DONATE.”

Canadian Blood Services covered the South Shore last week. Tuesday was spent at Liverpool’s fire hall, and Wednesday to Friday blood donations were taken at the Nova Scotia Community College in Bridgewater.

“I’m just hoping winter stays away so we can stay where we are,” said Ms Macgillivray. “We’ll collect what we can.”

As originally published in LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

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