Victoria clinic looking for blood donations

With upcoming long weekend, Canadian Blood Services looks to beef up supply

With an increased number of people travelling over the busy Victoria Day long weekend, Canadian Blood Services’ Victoria clinic is reaching out to potential donors.

There is a continuous requirement for all types, but the greatest need is for O-negative – the only blood type compatible with all others.

“When someone’s life is on the line and seconds matter, there’s no time to check blood type, so hospital patients receive O-negative blood,” Ed Yee, director of donor and clinic services for the B.C. and Yukon region of Canadian Blood Services, said in a release.

Appointments to donate must be booked ahead of time. Upcoming clinics happen Saturday (May 18) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 21 to 23, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and May 24, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Victoria clinic is at 3449 Saanich Rd. Book online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-236-6283.

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