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# ibts - Monday 20 May, 2019

Man brings High Court challenge over IBTS policy on gay men donating blood

The action has been taken by 27-year-old Tomas Heneghan.

# ibts - Sunday 5 August, 2018

'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.

# ibts - Tuesday 6 March, 2018

'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.

# ibts - Thursday 31 August, 2017

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.

# ibts - Wednesday 30 August, 2017

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.

# ibts - Monday 16 January, 2017

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.

# ibts - Friday 21 October, 2016

Poll: Do you donate blood? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you donate blood?

Supplies are currently running low.

"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.

# ibts - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

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.

# ibts - Friday 24 June, 2016

Move to change gay blood ban to 12-month deferral period welcomed

A report was given to the Department of Health yesterday evening.

# ibts - Tuesday 15 March, 2016

Blood supply for hospitals dangerously low ahead of St Patrick's Day

Additional clinics have been set up to receive donations.

# ibts - Saturday 30 January, 2016

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.

# ibts - Monday 18 August, 2014

Is your blood type O-negative? You're needed right now

Blood stocks are at a low of four days.

# ibts - Friday 11 July, 2014

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.

# ibts - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning as things get back to normal after the bank holiday weekend.

# ibts - Friday 6 September, 2013

Blood donations drop but amount of donors increases

The IBTS chairperson said it had not been an easy year for the service.

# ibts - Thursday 8 September, 2011

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.

# ibts - Monday 6 December, 2010

IBTS welcomes surge in new donations

After issuing an appeal for emergency donations, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service sees its stocks increase.