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Who we are
The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service exists to fully supply the needs of all hospitals and clinical units in the province with safe and effective blood and blood products and other related services. The discharge of this function includes a commitment to the care and welfare of our voluntary donors.
It is an independent, Special Agency of the Department of Health and is responsible for the collection, testing and distribution of over 55,000 blood donations each year. The Service operates three mobile units at nearly 180 locations throughout the province. Including headquarters, located on the site of the Belfast City Hospital, a total of almost 800 donation sessions are held each year.
The World Blood Donor Day
This week we marked World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). WBDD was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2005, to promote the voluntary donation of safe blood and to celebrate our invaluable blood donors. In Europe, 25 million of blood donations are produced every year thanks to more than 15 million of unpaid blood donors. Each donation is a precious lifesaving gift and repeat donation is the key to building a safe and sustainable blood supply to contribute to patient care and safety.
Blood donation plays a vital role in modern medicine and transfusion is essential when dealing with trauma, major surgery, cancer patients, or to treat inherited chronic blood diseases such as thalassaemia. Other blood products, such as plasma are a source for producing medicines that are indispensable for the treatment of people with chronic conditions such as primary immunodeficiency, haemophilia and other coagulation disorders, and auto-immune neuropathies.
The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) would like to thank our voluntary blood donors for their commitments and the role they play in saving lives and would like to take this opportunity to raise the awareness and express our gratitude to our blood, platelet, and plasma donors on behalf of our patients, and to acknowledge their very important contribution to patient care which is always down to their generous donations
Dr A Allameddine, Medical Director, NIBTS