July 13, 2020
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Covid-19 crisis: Kilkenny donors urged to give blood at special clinic in city

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is urging people in Kilkenny to come forward and donate during the coronavirus crisis as blood is still needed for critical services in our hospitals.

The IBTS will be in Kilkenny for five days next week and they are asking those who wants to give blood to ring in advance and book a slot as part of their new policy to battle Covid-19.

A special clinic is being set-up at Kilkenny’s Newpark Hotel next Sunday, April 5 and will remain there until the following Thursday, April 9.

Anyone who wants to book an appointment is asked to call 1850 731 137 to make an appointment and a slot will be provided to them.  The IBTS will be operating under strict controls and asks people to heed their advice.

People who are attending are asked to do so alone and to follow the advice given on the IBTS webpage – https://www.giveblood.ie/Can-I-Give-Blood/Keeping-Blood-Safe/Covid-19-Coronavirus/

Blood donations are seen as an essential service and the IBTS teams are taking donations which will be sent to hospitals for emergency procedures and treatments like cancer and other life-threatening conditions, which are still being provided in our hospitals.

As blood donations are listed as an essential service by the government, donors are exempt from the current travel restrictions.

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