UHWI appeals for blood donations

by March 26th, 2020

The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is urging all individuals who are healthy and well to donate blood.

 

It says donating blood is a very safe process and it takes only 15 minutes.

 

The hospital says the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a critical shortage in blood supply at the hospital.

 

The UHWI is urging all who can, to donate at the hospital’s blood centre in order to provide safe blood products for patients.

 

Each unit of blood donated can save three lives, and from each unit, one unit of plasma and platelets can also be made.

 

The hospital states that this pandemic has heightened the awareness of the necessity to be continuously diligent in protecting patients.

 

Head of the Haematology Department at the  UHWI Dr. Doreen Brady-West, says with COVID-19 fewer persons are donating blood.

 

 

Dr. Brady-West adds that there is no risk of contracting COVID-19 for persons who go to the facility to give blood.

 

 

The UHWI Blood Centre is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM and special arrangements can be made for donors who are unable to come between these hours.