People in Prince George frustrated they need to travel hundreds of kilometres to give blood | CBC News

Melanie Lindholm was a longtime blood donor in Alaska earlier than her latest transfer to Prince George, B.C., the place she discovered there was no native clinic for her to provide blood.

Lindholm is pissed off that she would now must journey a whole bunch of kilometres to the Okanagan, the Decrease Mainland or Vancouver Island if she wished to donate blood or plasma.

“I used to be fairly shocked once I found there was not a donation centre right here,” mentioned Lindholm, who mentioned she was an everyday donor over twenty years in Fairbanks, Alaska. “If there have been a donation centre in Prince George, I’d be the primary one to enroll.”

Canadian Blood Providers (CBS) completely closed its solely donor centre in Prince George in 2015, disappointing common donors, a few of whom had been giving blood for more than 20 years.

In doing so, it left the complete area of northern B.C. with out a place to donate — Prince George acts as a well being and repair centre for the Northern Well being Authority, which serves roughly 300,000 individuals over 592,000 square kilometres and serves a inhabitants of roughly 300,000 people.

However CBS continues to run campaigns within the area urging individuals to donate and provide throughout Canada has gotten so low the group lately signed an agreement with a Spanish health-care firm to assist meet the demand for plasma.

These requires blood and plasma are complicated to would-be donors who want to contribute however discover themselves unable to take action with out travelling a whole bunch of kilometres.

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They are saying “It is in you to provide,” however northerners haven’t got a spot to donate blood.

‘Large want for blood’

Catherine Higgins, who additionally lives in Prince George, needed to squeeze in a blood donation whereas on a latest journey to Vancouver.

As a health-care employee who has administered blood transfers on sufferers, Higgins says she is aware of how essential donating blood is.

“[There] is a big want for blood on a regular basis — it is used for all types of various situations,” mentioned Higgins.

Canadian Blood Providers completely closed its solely donor centre in Prince George in 2015 and has no plans to open a brand new one. (Google Maps)

A number of different medium-sized cities in Canada are missing donation companies, together with municipalities as massive as Thunder Bay, Ont. (inhabitants 123,000), the place the clinic closed in 2012. Nook Brook, N.L., and Sydney, N.S., each misplaced their clinics in 2015, as effectively.

David Patterson, the CBS’s donor relations director for B.C. and Yukon, says Prince George is just not a viable location for a donation centre  as a result of it’s too costly to move donated blood from there to the gathering centre in Vancouver for processing.

“We have to get it to our assortment website at most inside 24 hours of receiving it from donors,” he mentioned, describing the constraints concerned with dealing with blood merchandise.

CBS’s official website reveals there are two blood donation clinics in Vancouver, and one every in Coquitlam, Surrey and Victoria, in addition to a platelet donation clinic in Vancouver and a plasma donation clinic in Kelowna that opened last summer

CBS additionally sometimes runs blood assortment occasions with cellular clinics in Kamloops and Okanagan municipalities comparable to Salmon Arm and Penticton, however none throughout central or northern B.C.

However Lindholm says she would really like to have the ability to donate in her residence neighborhood and know that others are ready to take action, as effectively.

“If we’re not in a position to have our personal donors… we’re reliant on an out of doors supply for the wants of our neighborhood.”

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