Give blood this summer

Blood donor sessions are taking place across the Algarve this month as part of a campaign to raise awareness of donating blood among residents and visitors to the region during the busy high season.

The mobile blood unit from the Instituto Português do Sangue (IPS), the national blood institute in Lisbon, will be parked opposite the Casa Inglesa café along the riverside in Portimão today (Friday) as well as on August 25 and 26.

The unit, which is open to the public from 4pm until 9pm each day, will also be parked near Lagos court on August 23 before moving to Lagos marina area the following day.

On August 27, the unit will move to the Algarve Shopping centre in Guia.

Another mobile unit will be open to the public from 5pm each day at the Fatacil fair, which starts today in Lagoa, until August 30.

Giving blood takes no more than 30 minutes from the time a person enters the unit until they leave and involves filling in a health questionnaire, before speaking to a doctor, who checks a person’s blood pressure, and then giving blood.

To give blood, potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 65 years old, or 60 years old if giving blood for the first time, as well as weighing a minimum of 50kg and not suffer from chronic illnesses.

For more information about donating blood, please call the Barlavento blood association (ADSBA) on 282 417 295 or email adsba@sapo.pt