Derry people urged to donate blood

Derry Sinn Fein Councillor, Colly Kelly.

Derry Sinn Fein Councillor, Colly Kelly.

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Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged people in Derry to support an appeal by NI Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) for ‘A negative’ type blood after the service said their stocks are currently running low.

NIBTS will be running a blood donation session in the Waterside Methodist Church next Friday.

“I would urge as many people as possible to support this appeal for ‘A negative’ type blood, after the service said stocks are currently low.

“You always think of patients needing blood transfusions in the event of road accidents but rarely do we think of people with medical conditions needing treatment all year around,” said Colr. Kelly.

Colr. Kelly went on say that the need for blood donors did not stop with the recent appeal for ‘A negative’ donars. With hundreds of people in the North of Ireland requiring blood transfusions every week, Colr. Kelly said next week’s blood donation session in the Waterside presented local people with the chance to make a difference.

“There is always a lot of pressure place on the blood transfusion service. The need for blood is constant, with 500 patients in the north needing transfusions each week.

“I would urge anyone who can help, to go along to the next donation session in Derry which takes place next Friday.”

The NIBTS blood donation service will take place on Friday March 27 in the Waterside Methodist Church, 36 Clooney Terrace.

The session times are as follows: from 13:30 to 16:00 and from 17:15 to 20:00.

There is always a lot of pressure place on the blood transfusion service. The need for blood is constant, with 500 patients in the north needing transfusions each week

Derry Sinn Fein Councillor, Colly Kelly