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#IrisH Blood Transfusion Service

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Wednesday 11 September, 2019

Ban on blood donations from people who lived in UK to be lifted

The ban was introduced as a result of a Mad Cow Disease epidemic.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Saturday 10 February, 2018

'Gay men who've had sex in a year can't give blood, but those involved in risky sexual behaviour can'

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service should focus on risky sexual behaviour instead of sexual orientation, writes James Larkin.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Friday 6 January, 2017

From The Daily Edge The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has shared a lovely message from a grateful parent Give Blood

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has shared a lovely message from a grateful parent

“You are the reason my child has gone from a very sick, very tired little girl back to her usual lovely self in 24 hours.”

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 27 June, 2016

Lifting of blood ban welcome - but system will still discriminate against gay men in relationships

Men who have sex with men will now be subject to a deferral process.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: 'We've been exposing donors to developing anaemia'

A new test introduced in July last year has been failing to identify donors with an iron deficiency.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

This 23-year-old student is challenging Ireland's gay blood donation ban

But why is the ban still in place and on what grounds is it being challenged?

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Sunday 25 January, 2015

Health Minister Leo Varadkar wants to lift the ban on gay men donating blood

The minister wants to see the ban replaced with a 12 month deferral period.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Saturday 10 January, 2015

Department looks at options for lifting ban on gay men donating blood

A policy paper being examined sets out options including a total removal of the ban and a time deferral on donation.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 18 August, 2014

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

Blood stocks are at a low of four days.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Red blood cells grown in a lab to be trialled in humans

A team of researchers across Ireland and the United Kingdom used stem cells to grow red blood cells.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 31 March, 2014

Stocks of Ireland's most common blood group are down

Almost half of the country is O+.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

From The42 O'Gara believes injury troubles are finally behind him Fresh Start

O'Gara believes injury troubles are finally behind him

The Dublin forward is hopeful of returning for the beginning of the Allianz Football League campaign.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Monday 28 May, 2012

Numbers giving blood drops due to hot weather

Water isn’t the only liquid in danger of a shortage during sunny spell – blood donations are down by a fifth.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Blood platelet service to be cancelled due to staff shortage

Blood Transfusion Service finding it difficult to retain staff for specialised job with anti-social hours.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - Friday 8 July, 2011

Family will borrow €10,000 to harvest 'life-saving' stem cells for son

Heavily pregnant woman says she was told at 20 weeks that she could have the procedure at Holles Street – but with only weeks left to give birth, is having to go private.

# irish-blood-transfusion-service - 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.