Donating blood during a Global Pandemic

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On Monday I donated blood, something that I didn’t think was possible during this current Pandemic. We’re on lockdown with a limit of 2km radius and that is only for essentials such as groceries and exercise.

But last week I got a call to ask if I would donate. I’m 0- which is the most common blood type used for blood transfusions when the blood type is unknown of a patient during any procedure. This is in the shortest supply at the moment according to their website giveblood.ie. Blood of all types are still needed during this pandemic and if you know you’re blood type you can see how many days supply is left on the site. This time, to ensure social distancing, appointments are made in advance. I was booked in within a week of that phone call and I was glad to be able to do something during this Covid-19 outbreak.

The real reason I donate is because I remember my dad, Tim, taking me to the blood donor clinic when I was a child. The nurses were always so friendly and I loved the crisps and sweets at the end- that is still my favourite part! When he donated his 50th pint of blood, he got a gold pin and I remember it being such a huge achievement. I knew that was a goal that I’d like to achieve one day.

This time, I decided to bring you along with me as I knew there would be a few small changes in place during the current climate. Take a look at the video below to see just how easy it is.

Check out giveblood.ie to see if you’re eligible to donate and to find out where your nearest donor clinic. Your blood counts.

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