HSA asks everyone to give thanks by giving blood

| 01/12/2015

Cayman News Service(CNS): The Health Services Authority (HSA) is encouraging the public to celebrate Cayman Thanksgiving by donating blood. On Saturday, 5 December from 10am to 2pm, the Cayman Islands Hospital will be set up for blood donors at the atrium.

While the need for blood is constant, the supply, especially at this time of year, is not, according to the American Red Cross, which says blood donations typically decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when people are often distracted by all the festivities.

HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood echoed the need for blood donors in Cayman. “During Thanksgiving, many people look for ways to give back to the community and donating blood could give someone the most valuable gift of all – the gift of life,” she said.

“Without the generosity of blood donors, we would not be able to maintain a stable blood supply for our patients. One blood donation can help save up to three lives, which, in turn can grant patients the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones.

“Donating in December is a great way to start the holiday season because it reminds us that one person can truly make a difference. Thanksgiving is a time of thanks and I encourage people to think of the life they can save with donating blood.”

Donors are asked to prepare for their donation by drinking a lot of water and eating healthy, iron-rich meals starting a week or so before they donate. On their appointed day, donors should drink plenty of water before and after donating and should remember to bring their ID and a list of all the medications they are taking.

The HSA will also be at the Agricultural Grounds in Lower Valley on 5 December from 10am to 12pm to sign up donors and collect blood samples to confirm they can donate, but all donations will take place at the hospital.

The HSA will accept walk-in donors as well.

For more information on donating blood, call 244-2670 or 244-2669

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