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.