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Donors needed as blood reserves fall over the summer months

Malaga province needs 250 units of blood daily.
Malaga province needs 250 units of blood daily. / SUR
  • Though blood of all groups is needed, O negative is especially in high demand as it can be used in emergency situations

Blood can't be made; it can only be obtained through donations. This is why the regional centre for blood transfusions (CRTS) has launched an appeal for donations to guarantee supplies for hospitals in the province of Malaga, both private and public, over the summer.

Specifically, at least 4,200 units of blood are needed per month during this period of high activity and for that reason the CRTS has once again activated its campaign.

Although all blood groups are needed, during the summer there is a greater need for O negative blood ("universal") which is used in emergency cases. At present, the CRTS only has 134 units of this type and for that reason is asking those of this type specifically to donate.

Mobile units

During the months of July and August last year, the CRTS supplied 8,326 units of blood to hospitals in Malaga. In order to maintain these levels, mobile donation units are making 151 stops around the province, especially in coastal areas and around Ronda.

In Malaga city, the permanent donation centre, in the Hospital Civil, will open every Monday from 10am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm and mornings from Tuesday to Saturday.

To be a donor, however, you have to meet certain criteria. You have to be aged between 18 and 65, weight more than 50 kilos and be in good health.

Anyone who lived in the UK for more than a year between 1980 and 1996 cannot donate, however, due to residual fears about Creutzfeld-Jacob, or Mad Cows, disease.