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Blood donations not keeping pace with growing need for transfusions, warns BHB

Representatives for the Bermuda Hospitals Board come together with staff from the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club (Photograph supplied)

More blood donors are needed to keep pace with the growing need for transfusions, the Bermuda Hospitals Board warned yesterday.

Eyitayo Fakunle, consultant haematologist for the Bermuda Hospitals Board, said there were nearly 2,000 blood transfusions last year compared with 1,590 in 2017 – a 26 per cent increase.

He said: “Blood donors over the same period have only increased from 1,002 to 1,081, or 8 per cent. This means our existing donors are being true heroes and donating frequently.

“We hope people will see the great good they can do by joining our donors and helping us save lives.”

Dr Fakunle added that there was no single reason why the number of blood transfusions on the island had increased, but more donors were needed to meet the demand.

“We see people who have internal bleeding due to illness, trauma, surgery or childbirth, as well as sickle cell patients who may need therapeutic transfusions throughout their lives,” he said.

“We need each new generation to join so we can keep saving lives in Bermuda for years and decades ahead.”

In an effort to support blood donation, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has announced that for the second year those who have donated blood in the past year will be entered into a raffle for prizes including a stay at the hotel and a champagne brunch.

The hotel will also sponsor online advertisements to help encourage donors to come forward while participating in the annual corporate blood drive competition to encourage its own staff to donate.

Tim Morrison, general manager of the Hamilton Princess, said the hotel was proud to be able to assist in the effort.

“Providing raffle prizes for donors and also being a participant in the corporate blood drive competition are ways we can make a difference to our community,” he said.

“If anyone is thinking of donating for the first time, or returning to donating, then this month is a great time to start as you’ll be included in this year’s draw.

“Our goal, however, is to thank all Bermuda’s blood donors, who are helping to save lives year round.”

Lucy Correia, Blood Donor Centre nurse phlebotomist, added: “We are so pleased all our active donors can participate in this draw.

“We can promise anyone who is considering donating for the first time that we will make it as comfortable and easy for you as possible.

“The process only takes about 30 minutes and your one gift of blood can help up to three people.”

The Blood Donor Centre is on the first floor of the General Wing of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and is open Monday to Thursday between 8am and 2.30pm and on Friday from 8.30am to 1pm.

Those interested in making a donation can call 236-5067 to make an appointment or visit bermudahospitals.bm for more information.

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Published June 09, 2022 at 7:57 am (Updated June 09, 2022 at 7:58 am)

Blood donations not keeping pace with growing need for transfusions, warns BHB

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