Canadian Blood Services needs to find more than 2100 new donors in Alberta after changing its guidelines to address concerns about iron levels.
Starting Dec. 10th the agency is requiring female donors to wait 12 weeks between donations, instead of the current eight week period. In March, male donors will need to pass a slightly stricter hemoglobin test.
Judy Jones with Canadian Blood Services says this means they need new donors to fill the gap because existing donors won’t be able to donate as often.
In Calgary, about 850 new blood donors are needed within the next four weeks.
Calgary residents can donate blood at:
- Calgary Blood Donor Clinic, 737 13 Ave SW, which is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To book an appointment, use the Give Blood App or visit blood.ca. Those with appointments are encouraged to keep their appointment and bring a friend or family member to donate with them.