SOURCE: Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services

December 19, 2016 06:00 ET

Blood donations impacted by multiple blasts of winter weather this month

People urged to give blood before December 31; clinics open over the holidays

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - December 19, 2016) - As the holiday season shifts into full swing, Canadian Blood Services is reminding donors and potential donors across the country of the importance of booking an appointment to give blood right away.

The winter months come with the added challenges inclement weather creates. As donors in many areas contend with poor weather, it's even more important for other current and new donors to make and keep their appointments.

As a result of poor weather across the country, Canadian Blood Services has had to cancel a number of clinics and has also seen a decline in the number of donors able to attend clinics.

Attendance has been down in British Columbia all the way across the country to Newfoundland. The impact so far has been the loss of close to 2,000 donations in the last few days alone, with more bad weather to come.

Added to this, there are 26,000 appointments still available to fill in December across Canada.

"We encourage donors to book and keep their appointments if they can safely get to a clinic. Patients are depending on donors to fill open appointments now and throughout the rest of December," says Mark Donnison, vice president of donor relations.

There is an even greater need for new donors this season because of new iron eligibility guidelines introduced recently to promote the health and wellness of blood donors. As a result of the changes, some donors won't be able to donate as frequently and more donors are needed to fill the gap.

Canadian Blood Services is counting on eligible Canadians to start a new tradition this holiday season and book a first appointment to donate blood by downloading the GiveBlood app or visiting blood.ca.

About Canadian Blood Services

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). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.

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