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As the Victoria Day long weekend approaches, Canadian Blood Services is encouraging Newfoundland residents to make donating blood part of their plans now and help fill the potential long-weekend gap.

A news release notes that many donors will be away or busy over long weekends and the number of donations usually declines, despite the demand for blood remaining constant.

While there is a continuous need for all blood types, there is always a greater need for the “universal donor” —blood donors with O-negative blood. It is the only blood type that is compatible with all others.

“When someone’s life is on the line and seconds matter, there’s no time to check blood type, so hospital patients receive O-negative blood,” says Peter MacDonald, Director of Donor and Clinic Services, Atlantic.

“It is the blood type used in the most critical situations: for neonates, patients with compromised immune systems, and for trauma victims.”

The following local clinics will be open prior to and during the long weekend:

• St. John’s – 7 Wicklow Street

Thursday, May 16: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, May 17: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

• Grand Falls-Windsor – 105 Lincoln Road

Thursday, May 16:  12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

                                 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

• Corner Brook – 3 Herald Ave.

Thursday, May 16: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

                                4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

• Mobile Clinics:

Salvation Army, 249 Main Rd., Arnold’s Cove

Thursday, May 16: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

• Sir Humphrey Gilbert Building, 165 Duckworth St., St. John’s

Tuesday, May 21: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

Or you can make an appointment to donate blood by booking online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283).

Organizations: Canadian Blood Services, Donor and Clinic Services, Salvation Army

Geographic location: Newfoundland, 7 Wicklow Street, 105 Lincoln Road Corner Brook

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  • NowIsee
    May 16, 2013 - 07:18

    Soon as you open your doors to the GLBT community, I shall come back.

  • Stuey
    May 16, 2013 - 06:47

    I can come give blood - I have the tests results right here in front of me - a medical document from Eastern Health proving that my blood is clean.... Oh that's right - you don't take blood from gay men. Your policies are based on homophobia and mythology rather then scientific fact. You'd rather take the blood from someone who identifies as straight, but who has no documentation whatsoever as to their HIV status. You believe the mystery of HIV status from heterosexual men and women is safer then that of any gay man who has tested negative repeatedly.