Blood clinic in Grand Falls-Windsor closing
Canadian Blood Services is closing its permanent blood donor clinic in Grand Falls-Windsor, affecting 10 part-time employees.
The organization said donations at the clinic have been in steady decline over the past five years, and the trend is expected to continue. The clinic has been operating two days a week.
Although the town will no longer have a clinic, the organization will continue to collect donations. A mobile unit will visit the town four times a year.
"Donors, community partners, and volunteers will continue to have opportunities to contribute to the national blood system at regular mobile blood donor clinics that will be introduced to the town and scheduled throughout the year beginning later in 2014," said Ian Mumford, chief supply chain officer.
Mumford said it comes down to cost.
"A permanent clinic, it will cost about $181 per unit, the mobile clinic will be about $122 per unit, so there is a significant cost savings."
"Five years ago, we were collecting 2,500 to 2,600 units a year. This year we're going to collect about 1,600. If it were at full capacity, we would be collecting about 3,700 units a year. So we're running at about 40 to 45 per cent capacity."
The agency said closing the clinic will have no impact on patient care, or the availability of blood products for patients.
The clinic will remain open through Feb. 13.