If you are waiting for a swab test or waiting for result you cannot donate blood

Every day a number of tests are carried out for the Coronavirus. In this scenario, the National Blood Transfusion Service is once again reminding the public that those who are waiting for a test, or who have done the test for COVID-19 and are waiting for results, cannot give blood.

Once the result comes back negative there is no problem to donate blood. 

Meanwhile, the Blood Transfusion Service has appealed to all those who are healthy and eligible to give blood not to wait but to come forward to donate as follows:

• Blood donation centre in Guardamangia which opens seven days a week (including public holidays) from 8am – 6pm.

• The mobile blood donation unit which on Saturday 15 August will be located near the Mgarr parish church between 8:30am – 1:00pm.

• The mobile blood donation unit on Sunday 16 August will be near the Dingli church, between 8:30am – 1:00pm.

• the mobile unit will be at the Xewekija Auberge on Sunday 26 August and will be available between 8:00am -1:00pm.

It is important that one brings one’s ID card, or driving licence or Maltese passport.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic all measures are being taken to protect all those who require blood, as well as health care professionals.

At the moment, there is an urgent need for 84 bags of O positive blood, and 20 bags of A negative blood as at Mater Dei there are patients who are waiting to receive blood.

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