Friday 18 October, 2019

Tropical Storm Kirk hit Barbados Blood Collection Centre

Blood is needed

Blood is needed

Tropical Storm Kirk may not have damaged the facility which houses the Barbados Blood Collection Centre in Jemmotts Lane, but it had a very negative impact on the operations.

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Blood donations dropped off significantly last week while the country prepared for Tropical Storm Kirk and then while the island was under a Tropical Storm Warning for two days - September 27 and 28, 2018.

Word of this came from Blood Collection Technician, Registered Nurse Wendy Lorde at the Centre when questioned about what was creating a demand for blood presently.

In the past a call for blood donors went out after a series of road accidents and shooting incidents, however, though there has been a recent upsurge once again in gun violence, the nurse said that currently, the most recent natural disaster which affected the country, was of the most concern and most impacting.

Speaking to Loop News she said, "The last couple weeks, in fact, the whole week just where they had the storm, we didn't have any donors coming in, so that would impact on the amount that we have."

Asked if the hurricane season overall sees a decline, she urged, "We always need but usually during the holiday seasons we don't have high numbers. So you don't have high numbers like Christmas. You don't have high numbers like at Kadooment, those sort of times.

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"But as said, last week with the storm we were really affected."

Lorde said that the public needs to be made aware that at the Blood Collection Centre "We are always in of and we can always do with persons coming through the donate blood voluntarily."

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Explaining why the bank is appealing to donors, she went on to state, "For us, blood is always needed so the [Blood] Bank [over at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital] can always have.

"A lot of people come in to give blood when relatives are having surgery, but if we had people just coming through, then the necessity for people to come and give blood when their relatives are ill would not be necessary. But we do not have that volume of voluntary donors. We have a few but we don't have people just coming through the give blood."

Loop tried to get a response from the Blood Bank to no avail today. 

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