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June 14, 2013
Canadian Blood Services is asking Londoners to get Behind the Blood Signal when the blood drop shaped icon is activated during National Blood Donor Week, June 10 to 16.
The Blood Signal is intended to connect people to the idea of making a donation at specific times of the year when the need for blood is greatest—like summer. Behind the Blood Signal was chosen as this year’s theme for National Blood Donor Week to educate more Canadians that when they see the Blood Signal, it means ‘give blood now.’
As a “Partner for Life,” London Health Sciences Centre staff and physicians have committed to donating 400 units of blood in 2013. As an acute care hospital, LHSC cares for the most medically complex and critically ill patients in the region. Having a stable blood supply is a key factor in being able to care for these patients, and with areas such as our regional trauma and cancer programs — both high blood-product users — LHSC uses the majority of all blood products collected in London.
Residents of London can get Behind the Blood Signal by donating blood at the new London Donor Clinic, located at 820 Wharncliffe Road S. (in the old Brick building). Clinic hours are:
Donors who give blood during Blood Signal are eligible to give again at the beginning of August. To book an appointment, go online to www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). Making an appointment now will help lay the foundation for strong blood collections that will meet patient needs this summer.