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The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is stopping blood donation sessions in Stornoway.

 

The last visit was in September with the body citing a 20% reduction in the overall demand for six years.

 

“Unpredictable weather” and transport delays are other reasons behind the discontinuation of the service.

 

This does not impact on the delivery of tested and processed blood to the Western Isles.

 

MSP Alasdair Allan said: “I know many people in the islands will be disappointed they will no long have the opportunity to donate blood on a regular basis.

 

“The sessions in Stornoway were very well attended, which is a fantastic testament to the sense of community and citizenship we have here in the Isles.

 

“Many people will have had a friend or family member who will have needed donated blood at one point; many more will just have wanted to help others.”

 

The MSP added: “However, we have to appreciate that patient safety comes first and that SNBTS have to meet their 22 hour time limit for donations.

 

“It seems that the difficulty they have had in meeting this time limit, coupled with a 20% reduction in demand for blood, has led to their decision to discontinue the Stornoway collections.”

 

He plans to meet with SNBTS in the coming weeks to discuss the possibility of reintroducing the service in the future.

 

Halt to blood donation sessions in the islands

27 June 2017