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“Weather bomb” in Atlantic Canada disrupts blood collection

Canadian Blood Services is asking people across Atlantic Canada to donate blood following the recent ‘weather bomb.’ Severe weather forced the unexpected cancellation of blood collection events in the region, and donors are needed now to help replenish blood supplies.

“When winter weather impacts our ability to collect blood, we can count on our national inventory to ensure that hospital and patient needs are met,” says Peter MacDonald, director of donor relations for Canadian Blood Services’ Atlantic region. “It is important, however, that we replenish the supply as soon as possible so that we can be prepared if severe weather impacts us again. This is critical to ensure we continue to meet the needs of patients.”
Last week, blood collection was cancelled in five communities. As a result, Canadian Blood Services was unable to collect approximately 400 blood donations.
Once conditions are safe to do so, area residents are being urged to help replenish blood supplies.

Upcoming community blood drives in Nova Scotia are:

  • Jan 10-12: Truro
  • Jan 15-16: Port Hawkesbury
  • Jan 17-18: Antigonish
  • Jan 22-23: Amherst

Canadian Blood Services’ blood donor centre in Halifax is open each week Monday – Saturday, with varied hours each day.

To find details including location, hours, and to book an appointment, as well as to check your eligibility, and more use the Give Blood App or visit 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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Source: Media Release

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