Malaga's Regional Blood Transfusion Centre (CRTS) has appealed for people to make a donation in the days leading up to Easter so that there is no shortage and the supply to hospitals is guaranteed.
Volunteers can give blood at the CRTS, located at the Hospital Civil in the city, throughout this week and next week from Monday to Wednesday. The hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9am to 2pm. On Monday you can also donate 5pm to 9pm.
Also, from Monday to Friday, you can donate at the mobile unit on Avenida de Andalucía, next to El Corte Inglés, from 10am to 2pm.
Blood is needed from all groups but especially O and A.
The medical coordinator of the Transfusion Centre, Mariano Lozano, "We ask the public to come this week or from Monday to Wednesday of next week to make a donation, which will give us a ‘cushion’ of blood bags so that the supply to hospitals is guaranteed at all times."
Hospitals have once again returned to their normal surgical activity, which has increased the need for blood bags and around 250 are needed each day.
To be a donor in Spain, however, you have to meet certain criteria. You have to be aged between 18 and 65, weigh more than 50 kilos and be in good health. Men can donate blood up to four times a year and women three. A health questionnaire must be completed before the donation session.
Anyone who lived in the UK for more than a year between 1980 and 1996 cannot donate, however, due to fears about Creutzfeld-Jacob, or Mad Cows, disease.
For more information call 951 034 100 or visit the web page: http://www.donantesmalaga.org/