It takes about an hour to make a blood donation. (FP)
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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Blood Bank is issuing an urgent appeal for O negative blood donations. Donated blood products will help replenish the QEH Blood Bank’s supply to ensure that blood products are readily available for patients with serious medical needs such as cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, cardiac procedures and trauma victims.
Volunteers between the ages of 18 and 70, who weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health are asked to donate blood at the National Blood Collecting Centre located at Ladymeade Gardens, St. Michael, between 8 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on weekdays or 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturdays.
In a statement, the QEH noted:
"Each whole blood donation can help save up to three lives. As such, the QEH is urging people to make the decision to donate blood now."