Belfast Telegraph

Appeal as Northern Ireland blood banks at critical low

By Lisa Smyth

Life-saving blood stocks in Northern Ireland will run out in as little as two days unless people come forward to donate, it has been warned.

The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) has issued an appeal for people to come forward and donate blood - and help to save a life within days.

Stocks of blood groups O-positive, A-positive and A-negative are all running at dangerously low levels after the Christmas and New Year period.

There are normally five days worth of each group banked and between 700 and 1,000 donors are required to replenish stocks of the three blood groups.

But Paul McElkerney from NIBTS said donors from all blood groups are needed. Blood donations can be stored for up to 35 days before it has to be used although most donations are used within three days.

"If you donate blood today you could have helped to save a life by the weekend," he said.

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