The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) is urgently encouraging members of the community to visit the Laboratory at Peebles Hospital and donate blood.
According to the Clinical Pathologist Dr. Michelle Vitug, “Once blood is donated, the whole blood is processed to plasma and packed red blood cells. It is important to understand that donated red blood cells can only be stored for 30-42 days, while frozen plasma can be kept for a year. If not used, it must be discarded because the blood cells have started to deteriorate making the blood no longer healthy for a transfusion”.
She also elaborated that red blood cells will start to coagulate and breakdown in quality after 30-42 days, therefore, all blood banks need a constant stream of blood donations.
Persons who are between the ages of 18 to 65, more than 110 pounds, in good health, and did not suffer with an illness within the last month can contact the Laboratory at 852-7571 or 852-7572.
All blood types are needed at this time; therefore, the Laboratory is asking qualified persons to visit and to make a blood donation between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The Laboratory at Peebles Hospital collects and stores healthy blood in the event that a blood transfusion is needed. Blood transfusions are needed when an individual have depleted their blood to a level not able to sustain life.
The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority is committed to delivering excellent, compassionate, and client-centred healthcare in the Virgin Islands.