P.E.I.’s blood supply needs a boost before summer

Published on May 17, 2017

The hand of a blood donor squeezing a medical rubber ball

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - With the unofficial kickoff to summer approaching this May long weekend, Canadian Blood Services is calling on all eligible donors in Charlottetown to roll up their sleeves for patients.

Canadian Blood Services boosts the blood supply every spring to prepare for the summer, when routines are disrupted as regular donors join the thousands of Canadians who head outdoors or out of town to enjoy the warm weather.

This year, a stormy winter and a wet spring have left inventory levels lower than normal. That means there’s enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs today, but supplies need to increase before the summer months, the organizations says.

Cancer patients, accident victims, and people with blood disorders rely on blood transfusions every day, even during the summer. When there are fewer people around to donate, there needs to be more blood on the shelves to ensure patients get what they need.

“For patients, the demand for blood never takes a holiday,” said Peter MacDonald, director of donor relations in the Atlantic Region.

“We need 16,000 blood donations every week to stock our shelves and continue to help patients throughout the summer.”

While there’s a greater need for Type O blood, all donors are encouraged to book an appointment. There are at least 3,000 appointments each week waiting to be filled.

In Charlottetown, there are 237 appointments to fill by May 29.

Hours at the Charlottetown Blood Donor Clinic, 85 Fitzroy St., are: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3-7 p.m.; 
Wednesdays: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and 
Fridays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.