The Red Cross issued an appeal for donors last week and the blood stock indicator’s needle for units of blood left was at the 280 units mark.
A check this morning reveal last Saturday’s levels were still at critical levels (i.e. less than “very low”) at slightly over 360 units. With 15 units used every hour, the blood bank relies on donations to meet transfusion needs of patients in Singapore.
As a regular donor contributing whole blood (preferred for ‘O’ group donors), my availability is restricted by the post-donation buffer of three months. My next donation session is up, though, on 23rd September, and I will head down to Outram MRT and cross the road to the Blood Donation Centre for my 103rd blood donation session.
So if you are healthy and can donate, do make the effort to visit the Blood Bank or one of the bloodmobiles – e.g. the regular third Tuesday venue TODAY is available from 11am – 3pm at the Winning Lounge @ China Square #02-00 (above M11 Foodcourt), 51 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048441 (map).