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Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
Irish Blood Transfusion Service issues urgent appeal for donations amid 'critically low' stocks
Supply in some groups has ‘frequently fallen to just three days in recent weeks’.
Last year
New blood donation changes come into effect lifting blanket rules based on sexual orientation
The IBTS will assess each donor’s eligibility to donate on a person-by-person basis, rather than applying risks associated with specific populations.
# Give Blood
Urgent appeal for blood donations to prevent elective surgeries being cancelled
Regular donors can now attend walk-in clinics as part of efforts to boost supplies.
All time
Appeal for blood donations as hospitals warned services down to a three-day supply
The supply has dwindled due to demand over the summer months, Covid, and seasonal illnesses.
# blood shortage
Blood shortage sees IBTS importing bulk consignment from UK for first time since 1990s
The IBTS is asking for public support to maintain the blood supply over the summer months.
# Blood donation
Man brings High Court challenge over IBTS policy on gay men donating blood
The action has been taken by 27-year-old Tomas Heneghan.
'Newborn babies can only receive blood given in the last five days - so why are so few of us donating?'
Only 3% of us who are eligible to give blood actually do so.
# Give Blood
'We have limited time': Urgent appeal for blood donations as just three-day supply left
All IBTS clinics nationwide were closed last week for a number of days due to the impact of Storm Emma.
# Dodged
IBTS director hangs up phone after radio presenter asks about Hepatitis B case
It was announced yesterday that a patient in Ireland had contracted the virus from a blood transfusion.
# rare occurrence
A patient in Ireland has contracted Hepatitis B from a blood transfusion
The Irish Blood Transfusion Board has tested 1.2 million donations for the infection.
# New Rules
Lifetime ban on gay men donating blood lifted
From today, a man who last had sex with another man more than 12 months ago will now be able to donate blood if he meets the other blood donor selection criteria.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you donate blood?
Supplies are currently running low.
# appeal
"People always say 'yes absolutely I'll give blood' but they don't" - Why are fewer people giving blood?
First time blood donation levels have dropped by a fifth in the last decade.
# AB positive
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service says it is running low on blood
Blood donations in Ireland have fallen 21% in five years, and the IBTS is down to three days’ supply.
Move to change gay blood ban to 12-month deferral period welcomed
A report was given to the Department of Health yesterday evening.
# drop in donations
Blood supply for hospitals dangerously low ahead of St Patrick's Day
Additional clinics have been set up to receive donations.
# anaemia
90,000 regular blood donors to be contacted over faulty equipment
A problem with equipment meant low haemoglobin levels were not detected in some donors.
# Just our type
Is your blood type O-negative? You're needed right now
Blood stocks are at a low of four days.
# Bad Blood
Lots of NI citizens still can't donate blood here because of 2004 policy
The policy was brought in following the first confirmed case of vCJD transmission via blood transfusion in the UK.
# Health
Blood donations drop but amount of donors increases
The IBTS chairperson said it had not been an easy year for the service.
# Blood Ban
Ireland won't lift ban on MSM blood donors, despite British move
Britain relaxes its ban on blood donations from men who sleep with men, but there are no plans for a similar move in Ireland.
# blood donations
IBTS welcomes surge in new donations
After issuing an appeal for emergency donations, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service sees its stocks increase.