I went to give blood last week. I knew that it had been quite some
time since my last visit, but I was really surprised that it was 1995 since the last 8th pint donation. Obviously, after leaving Dublin, updating
the Irish Blood Transfusion Service of my new address was not a priority, but this service now ensures that’s no longer an excuse.
Seemingly my blood group is in constant demand – I was told that that only up to 10 pints at one time of it are held in the blood bank – this seems awfully low – not sure how accurate this actually is. Nevertheless, definitely more of a reason to donate regularly.
A number of things impressed and reassured me.
- First, the use of technology – at a level appropriate to the environment of a mobile unit. Quite obvious that the laptops are working off (at least) a full, core demographic database and are networked.
- The thoroughness of the questionnaire; these are extremely detailed and uncomprising; the fact that they are again double-checked by staffm and signed by the donor, make it extremely thorough.
- The constant (but in a good way) requests by staff to verify identity, mitigating against donation mixup.
- On a lighter note – no, you no longer receive a glass of the black stuff – things have changed.