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Blood bank critically low

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Blood bank critically low

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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is urgently in need of blood and is making an appeal for donations to replenish supplies in the blood bank.

Director of Medical Services Dr Clyde Cave said the hospital’s blood supplies were critically low. He explained that the culture of giving blood in Barbados was normally “restricted to a fairly small population” and with all the coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations and restrictions on movement, the hospital had not been receiving the usual donations.

In the meantime, the demand resulting from incidents of trauma and other patient needs had helped to deplete blood stocks.

Cave indicated all blood types were needed to ensure that blood products were readily available for patients with serious medical needs such as cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, patients in need of cardiac procedures and trauma victims. (GC)

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