YOUR HEALTH FIRST

World Blood Donor Day

This year, World Blood Donor Day will once again be celebrated around the world this Sunday, 14th of June.

The day serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations.

Focus of this year’s campaign

The campaign theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Safe blood saves lives” with the slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”.

The idea is to focus on the contribution an individual giver can make to improve health for others in the community. Blood donations are needed all over the world to ensure individuals and communities have access to safe and quality-assured blood and blood products in both normal and emergency situations.

The facts

  • Every few seconds, someone, somewhere, needs blood
  • Transfusions of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year
  • Over 3,000 donations are needed every week
  • 1 in 4 of us will need a transfusionat some point in our lives
  • Blood and blood products are essential to care for:
    • Women with pregnancy and childbirth associated bleeding
    • Patients with blood and bone marrow disorders, inherited disorders of haemoglobin and immune deficiency conditions
    • People with traumatic injuries in emergencies, disasters and accidents
    • Patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures

What you can do

Become a blood donor today and help make the world a healthier place.

  • Commit to being a regular donor and give blood throughout the year
  • Encourage your friends and family to become regular blood donors
  • Find out your blood type and register as a blood donor

Who can give blood?

Most people can give blood if they are in good health. You must be between 18 and 65 years of age and weigh at least 50kg (7st 12lbs).

When you volunteer to give blood, you will be asked to register your details with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and to fill in a health and lifestyle questionaire. All the information you give will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The pre-donation donor questionnaire for giving blood in Ireland can be found here. This is the questionnaire everyone must fill out upon arrival at the clinic before giving blood.

As regards health requirements and travel-related enquires, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service website have a helpful FAQ section so you can be fully informed before you make an appointment.

Find your clinic

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, all clinics are appointment slot based at present. Call 1850 731137 to make an appointment.

 

Information from WHO and Irish Blood Transfusion Service