OVER 500 people donated blood in Killarney at the most recent clinic following an appeal from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service who said supplies were dropping.
The service required more than 10,000 attendances nationwide in December and early January to maintain the blood supply and it held additional clinics to ensure there is blood available for patients.
“On any given day 200 patients receive transfusions in Irish hospitals”, a spokesperson said.
“The demand for blood is constant. We supply product 365 days a year”.
The IBTS confirmed that a total of 517 donated blood at the clinic based in the Dromhall Hotel and the donors were thanked for their generosity and commitment.
“The precious gift of blood brings life and hope to hospital patients and their communities,” the spokesperson added.
Statistics show that one in four people will require a blood transfusion in their lifetime, 3,000 donations a week are required yet only three per cent of the eligible population are active blood donors.
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