Staff difficulties at island blood donor sessions

Howard Quayle MHK

Howard Quayle MHK

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Staffing difficulties at blood donor sessions were outlined in the House of Keys.

In response to a question from Douglas West MHK, Chris Thomas, Health Minister Howard Quayle said the nurses and blood donor attendants are not permanent staff.

‘This is at times extremely difficult to manage and causes concern and difficulties,’ he said.

The Isle of Man Blood Transfusion Service, based at Noble’s Hospital’s pathology department, had developed plans to encourage blood donation by holding corporate sessions at firms who indicated staff were willing to donate blood there.

It hasn’t been brought in because there is only sufficient bank nurses to provide the current service.

To make it easier for residents to become a blood donor, the service is developing a website.

Mr Quayle said: ‘I believe the Isle of Man Blood Transfusion Service is essential to the operating of the hospital and whilst we believe the UK could supply the 2,000 units per year, there is no guarantee of this supply.’

The service only produces blood (red cells), and specialist blood products, such as irradiated blood and platelets are bought from the UK.

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