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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# IrisH Blood Transfusion Service

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
# Blood donation
Ireland's restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men to be eased from next year
Men who have sex with other men have to wait more than a year to give blood.
# blood shortage
Appeal for regular blood donors as concerns raised over supplies this Christmas
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service are seeking regular donors with the O-, A- and B- blood types.
# Blood Ban
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.
# 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.
'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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.”
# Your Say
Poll: Do you donate blood?
Supplies are currently running low.
# gay blood ban
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.
# Blood donation
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.
# Explainer
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?
# Overturned
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.
# blood
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.
# 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.
# Stem Cells
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.
# Don't be scared
Stocks of Ireland's most common blood group are down
Almost half of the country is O+.
# 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.
# hot-blooded
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.
# Health
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.
# 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.
# Stem Cells
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.
# blood donations
IBTS welcomes surge in new donations
After issuing an appeal for emergency donations, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service sees its stocks increase.