France: Blood donations urgently needed ahead of May 

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The Établissement Français du Sang, the French Blood Establishment, has made a public appeal for blood donations ahead of May, a month when fewer people are available to give blood due to the numerous bank holidays and long weekends. 

The myriad bank holidays during the month of May always affect the supply of blood donations in France as routine donors find themselves unable to keep their usual appointments due to cancelled services or changes to their schedules. 

Though stocks are depleted, the need for donated blood is no less great in May than at any other time of the year, and the Établissement Français du Sang (EFS) is trying to get ahead of the problem this year by urging members of the public to give blood now.  

Donated blood has a shelf life. Platelets are only usable for seven days while red blood cells can be used for 42 days. Because of this, the need to replenish supplies on a regular basis is hugely important.  

In general, blood donors must be between 18 and 70 years of age, in good overall health and weigh more than 50 kilograms, though other factors come into play. The EFS provides an online self-assessment test, which is available here, that will help potential donors determine their eligibility. The questionnaire takes less than five minutes to complete.  

The EFS website also features an interactive map detailing fixed and mobile collection points.  

Searches can be performed based on the type of donation and personal availability periods. Contact details and opening hours are also indicated. While reserving a time slot is not required, it can save time for the donor and assist the host venue in prior planning. To make an appointment, click here.


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