Blood donors in Central Alberta are needed to fill 185 appointments before Saturday. Photo supplied by Shaun Richer Canadian Blood Services territory manager for Red Deer and Central Alberta.

185 blood donations needed in Central Alberta before Saturday

Blood donors in Central Alberta are needed to fill 185 appointments before Saturday.

Shaun Richer, Canadian Blood Services territory manager for Red Deer and Central Alberta, said the patients at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre rely on the local blood supplies.

“There’s a constant need,” he said.

Ten thousand donations are needed across Canada this week to continue to meet patients’ needs this spring.

On Feb. 22, the number of appointments to fill in Red Deer was 622. That number has lowered and Richer calls that a success for Central Albertans.

“But this is a reminder that we still need more,” he said.

The local clinic needs to fill 48 appointments everyday from Tuesday to Saturday. Richer said bigger cities like Edmonton and Calgary have a higher number to fill everyday.

Given its short shelf life, the need for blood is constant. Cancer patients, accident victims and people with blood disorders rely on blood transfusions everyday.

Richer said the local clinic is always looking for new donors with the hope that they would become regulars.

He encouraged people to come out when the clinic is open to donate blood.

For those in Lacombe, head to a mobile clinic at Lacombe Memorial Centre on March 19 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

To book an appointment, visit blood.ca, or download the GiveBlood app on your smartphone or call 1-888-236-6283.

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec).



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