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Pictou County blood clinics need donours for Aug. 9 session

UPDATED Aug. 3: Clinic originally set for Pictou armouries to be changed to at Pictou County Wellness Centre.

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While the first three days of a four-day blood donour clinic in Pictou County are almost full, Aug. 9 is a different story.

“We’re almost fully booked for the first three days – we are where we should be at this point, so that’s great,” says Deborah MacGillivray, territory manager with the Canadian Blood Services.

That’s the good news. The bad news: bookings for Aug. 9, at this point time, are at roughly 18 per cent.

“We still have 120 bookings available,” she said, adding that it is a concern. “It is. Every time that we have an event, we have a target in mind – and (Aug. 9) is low. Our goal is at 58 donations and at this point, we’ll struggle to get to 58.”

Blood that is collected is transported to Dartmouth, where it is processed and eventually distributed to hospitals across Nova Scotia. While she stressed that there is no shortage of blood available at Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow (or elsewhere), she said the Canadian Blood Services likes to stay ahead of the game.

There are blood donour clinics in Pictou County every three months or so.

For more information, go to www.blood.ca, or download the GiveBlood app.

Blood Donour Clinic Days in Pictou County:

• Aug. 6: PPctou County Wellness Centre, 5-8 p.m.)

• Aug. 7, 8: Pictou County Wellness Centre (noon until 3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.)

• Aug. 9: Pictou County Wellness Centre (noon until 3 p.m.)

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