BLOOD DONATION IN GREECE
Because an increasing number of us who would like to donate blood are unable to do so, it is important to encourage 'new' donors, to ensure that supplies will be available when needed. In Greece, each Municipality is responsible for providing sufficient blood for its residents. Contact Kyriakoula Christea 6979 044 606, or Pam Garelick (except between 3 & 5pm ) or see more information below......
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Ag Nikolaos Health centre
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The donor age has increased to 65, and it’s a great atmosphere at the clinic. Kyria Koula provides a little buffet for every donor.
Note: here in Greece people are expected to repay a blood debt, by donating an equivalent amount of blood. If there are not enough family mermbers able to donate, they rely on the generosity of the general public to help ensure there is enough blood available for the next emergency.
HAPPY DONORS at the Ag Nikolaos Health Centre
Unfortunately, if you are over 65 years old, or take blood pressure or cholesterol-reducing tablets, you CANNOT donate. HOWEVER, donations are always crucially necessary, so if you are young and healthy, please consider donating .
Here are a few guidelines for first time donors:
No alcohol for 24 hours before. Eat breakfast before you go as you cannot give blood on an empty stomach. Do not plan to do a lot of physical work after you have given blood. Please call if you want more advice: 693 926 3390 . We will be there to help any newcomers who are nervous about the procedure.
June 14th is World Blood Donor Day - Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood Wikipedia
(Reprinted from Manifest issue 2)
Here in Greece each municipality is responsible for supplying blood to the nearest major hospital. If someone has an accident and requires blood, the first thing that is asked of them is where they live. The supplies are then checked to see if that particular municipality has donated enough, not only blood, but also the particular blood group that is needed. Sometimes urgent calls are made for individuals or family members to donate blood in a crisis. That is why we organise at least two blood donation sessions a year in our local community, at the Agios Nicolaos Health centre. We are required to supply Kalamata hospital with a specific number of bags of blood, but are not always able to meet the target.
We do our best to make you feel comfortable throughout the whole process, and offer a bite to eat afterwards. For more information, please contact Pamela Garelick 6987 945 521, except 3-5 pm in the summer.
Ag. Nikolaos health center (Tel. 27210-77210) In this area you have the opportunity to give blood at the Ag. Nikolaos health centre. The blood bus from Kalamata comes twice a year, the clinic knows the date 20 days in advance.
Kalamata hospital ( Tel. 27210-46000) At other times you can donate your blood at Kalamata hospital. The blood donor centre is in the ground floor and is usually open from 9 -1pm, but phone to check. To give blood you have to be less than 65 years, healthy and not on any medication.
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