Friday, April 3, 2020

PMH facing blood shortage “crisis”

By Royston Jones Jr.

PHA urges the public to donate blood to shore up supplies
RBDF to have blood drive Friday between 10am-3pm

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) has made an “urgent” appeal for blood as Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) faces a blood shortage “crisis”.

A source close to the matter told Eyewitness News that blood supplies have dwindled to less than a dozen units, calling the situation a “crisis” for the hospital.

Each unit can serve up to three people.

In a statement, the PHA said: “The public is advised that the Princess Margaret Hospital is in urgent need of all types of blood.”

Blood donations can be made at the PMH Blood Bank.

The authority advised that individuals who are ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms should not donate blood.

It said in adherence to the social distancing protocols, group donations are discouraged and no more than three people will be facilitated at a time.

PMH’s blood bank is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

The authority noted; however, the final donation will be taken at 4.30pm.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force will also hold a blood drive between 10am and 3pm Friday.  Read more >>