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January 30, 2014
Canadian Blood Services has activated its Blood Signal and needs you to roll up your sleeve and donate blood today!
Extreme weather across much of the country at the end of December and into the new year has forced Canadian Blood Services to cancel 24 blood donor clinics. Cancelled clinics have resulted in a lost opportunity to collect more than 1,200 donations.
Canadian Blood Services has weathered the storm by leveraging its national reserves to ensure patient needs are met. They are now urging all Canadians—both first-time and current donors—to help replenish the nation’s blood supply by booking an appointment and giving blood in January.
Between Jan. 13 and Feb. 9, 2014, Canadian Blood Services forecasts 31,000 appointments need to be filled—including more than 300 in London. The recent clinic cancellations coupled with constant hospital demand, have also created an immediate need for more O negative and A negative blood donations.
As the ‘universal donor’, O negative blood donations are always in need. O negative is the only blood type that’s compatible with all other blood types, and is used in the most critical situations: for neonates, patients with compromised immune systems and trauma victims.
Residents of London are asked to give blood at the following clinics:
London Permanent Clinic - 820 Wharncliffe Road South
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
St. Michael's Parish - 511 Cheapside Street
Thursday February 6
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
To book an appointment, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). Those with appointments are encouraged to keep that appointment and, if possible, bring a friend to donate with you.