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Call for ‘O’ negative blood donors

Saving lives: Bermuda Hospitals Board is urging ‘O’ negative blood donors to come forward (File photograph)

Blood donors with the type O negative are being urged to come forward before the Cup Match holiday.

An appeal was issued by the Bermuda Hospitals Board to ensure supplies are available over the long weekend.

Eyitayo Fakunle, a consultant haematologist, said: “We have a short donation week due to the Cup Match holiday and a lot of people who regularly donate are on vacation.

“We need to ensure all types of blood are available over the long weekend, but we are in special need of O negative blood.

“While we hope everyone enjoys the four days safely, accidents can happen, and if your life needs saving by a blood donation we must ensure blood supplies are available.

“If you don’t know your blood type but are willing to donate, please call the Blood Donor Centre as your blood donation is always welcome and new blood donors are always needed.”

Call 236-5067 to make an appointment.