EACH and every week the Blood Transfusion Service requires 1,500 units of blood for a variety of uses including to help cancer patients, for women during childbirth, and to save life in emergency situations.
It travels the country throughout the year performing over 1,000 donation sessions in 240 different locations.
And as ‘the bloodmobile’ made its regular stop at Glengormley Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 8, Times’ reporters, Duncan Elder and Jonathan Bell, paid a visit and donated a unit of blood each.
“You will have saved a life by Sunday,” said Paul McElkerney, Donor Recruitment and Organisation Manager for the Blood Transfusion Service.
“Blood donated will be used within three days and a unit can be used by up to three people - it really is life saving and an incredible thing to do,” he said.
The donation is rather painless - you complete a form followed by a brief chat with a nurse and then it’s off to one of the beds. The actual process does involve a slight amount of pain for a brief period, but it soon becomes very relaxing.
“It’s like a pinch on your arm,” continued Paul, “but it is such an easy thing to do.
“It’s relaxing and it allows you to take a bit of time out of your day to just relax and at the end of it you do have a real good feeling. It doesn’t leave you feeling tired or ill, just really good about yourself.”
To register with the Blood Transfusion Service text ‘blood’ to 60081 or call 0500 534 666.
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