The Canarian Institute of Hemodonation and Hemotherapy (ICHH), dependent on the Ministry of Health of Canary Islands Government, underlines, before the drop in blood and blood products recorded in the stock levels of the Canarian Transfusion Center, the importance of going to donate blood after the Christmas holidays, a period in which the mobility of regular donors generates a drop in donations.
Right now, blood groups A +, O + and O- are the most requested, although all are necessary.
To facilitate blood donation, the ICHH has enabled temporary extraction rooms in buildings and public premises in the different municipalities of Canary Islands.
Likewise, it has put into operation a procedure of prior appointment both by telephone and telematics to manage the daily donations in the different rooms with security and guarantees. In this sense, the importance of canceling the appointment in case of not being able to attend is recalled, so that it can be used by another donor.
The ICHH insists that the donation points of the Canarian Transfusion Network are safe places, in which all preventive measures are followed and, therefore, it is possible to donate there with total peace of mind.
Why donating blood is so important
In the Canary Islands, an average of 300 daily blood donations are needed to attend both scheduled hospital activity and emergencies, such as treatments for cancer patients, surgeries or transplants, which require transfusions of blood products of different blood groups.
Given that this hospital activity is maintained throughout the year, it is necessary to sustain the number of donations necessary to balance blood reserves and thus meet this demand.
Requirements for donation
To donate blood in the Canary Islands you must be between 18 and 65 years old, in good general health, weigh more than 50 kg and, in the case of women, not be pregnant. Men can donate a maximum of 4 times a year and women 3, with a minimum interval of 60 days between donations.
The ICHH also recalls that people vaccinated against COVID-19, both with one and two doses, can donate blood after 48 hours after inoculation.
The ICHH makes a self-evaluation questionnaire available to citizens to check if blood can be donated: https://efectodonacion.com/test-para-averiguar-si-puedes-donar-sangre/.
Where to donate blood
The ICHH operates different temporary donation points in the different municipalities of the Archipelago, in addition to the fixed points available to the public. All of them can be consulted on the website efectodonacion.com.
People interested in donating blood can go directly or make an appointment by calling 012 (922 470 012/928 301 012) from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or using the appointment form published on the front page of the website efdonacion.com.
To donate blood in the hospitals of the Canarian Transfusion Network, it is not necessary to make an appointment, although it is recommended to call the service in advance to guarantee the normal functioning of the blood banks. More information on contact hours and telephone numbers in this link.