The Canadian Blood Services is reminding donors and potential donors across the country of the importance of booking an appointment to give blood right away.
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.
— CdnBloodServices (@itsinyoutogive) January 4, 2017
Blood services says attendance has been down in British Columbia all the way across country to Newfoundland.
Due to the new iron eligibility guidelines introduced recently to promote the health and wellness of blood donors, there is a greater need for new donors this season.
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. Female donors will need to wait longer between blood donations and male donors will need to pass a slightly stricter hemoglobin test.
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 Give Blood App for Apple or Android or visiting blood.ca.