Blood Donation Clinic at Midleton Park Hotel Today

By Alan Sheehan

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Midleton Park Hotel hosts a blood donation clinic today, Thursday 27 July from 2-5pm and again from 7-9pm.
Those eligible from Midleton and its hinterlands are asked to consider donating blood to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service at today’s blood drive, providing they couldn’t make yesterday’s clinic which was also held at the Midleton Park Hotel.
The process usually takes between an hour and an hour-and-a-half to complete from registration to refreshments. Blood Donation is essential to ensure hospital patients get the necessary treatment required. One in four people will require a blood donation at some point in their lives and over 3,000 donors are needed every week. A single blood donation can aid in the recovery of up to three hospital patients. While 27% of donated blood is used in emergency situations or to save lives during surgery (especially for cardiac procedures).
Generally speaking to become a blood donor you must be in good health, between 18 and 65 years of age, and weigh at least 7st 12lbs (50kgs) or less than 20st 6lbs (130kgs).
More specific criteria that would declare would-be donors ineligible includes, but is not limited to: returning from a malarial risk area within 12 months or a tropical area within three months; currently taking medication (however not all medications prevent donations); getting a piercing or tattoo within four months; being currently pregnant or pregnant within the past 12 months; and receiving a blood transfusion in the Republic of Ireland after 1 January, 1980.
There are numerous medical conditions that might require different types of transfusion, though donations of 'whole blood' is the most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of blood is given which is then separated into transfusable components, mainly red cells, plasma, and platelets.
Donated red blood cells are used in a variety of manners to help patients, with 34% of receivers suffering from cancer and blood diseases, 19% battling other causes of anaemia,
and 18% of red blood cell donations used to help burn victims and surgical patients. Another 13% of donations help those with other medical problems including heart, stomach and kidney disease, with 10% helping orthopaedic patients who’ve undergone treatment for fractures and joint replacements. An additional 4% goes towards obstetrics, which includes pregnant women, new mothers, and young children, and the final 2% helps those who’ve suffered trauma such as road accidents.
Visit Giveblood.ie for further information or to take a ten-question eligibility quiz that takes a minute to complete.

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