This summer, a drop in inventory of blood products has sparked an immediate call for donors.
According to Canadian Blood Services, since July 1st, collections have been steadily decreasing.
They say this is due to a perfect storm of factors that has been compounded by the loss of donors—a whopping 31,000 donors since the start of the pandemic.
Though summer is always a challenging time for collections, Canadians are enjoying the return to pre-pandemic activities and travel, leaving them with less time to donate.
The low reserve of blood can be replenished before patients are affected, but only if people across Canada of all blood types donate over the coming weeks.
There are currently thousands of open appointments that must be filled across Canada, with many of those in Greater Victoria—you can book now online, use the GiveBlood app, or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
Over 100,000 new donors are needed in Canada this year to keep up with demand
CBS is encouraging donors to continue to help keep Canada’s Lifeline strong by asking friends and family members to donate. Many first-time donors bring a co-worker, friend, or family member. Chances are someone you know has needed blood products!
One in two people in Canada are eligible to donate, but only one in 81 does, whereas cancer patients, accident victims and people with blood disorders rely on blood, platelets and plasma transfusions every day.
There are usually same-day and open appointment spots are available every day at donor centres and community events, so make sure you head online to see where you can donate!
CBS will be accepting donations over Labour Day Long weekend, with the Victoria site open on Monday, Sept 5th with many available appointments.
- Where: 3449 Saanich Road
- Tuesday – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Wednesday – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Thursday – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Closed Sunday & Monday
- To book your appointment: You can book online, use the GiveBlood app, or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
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