Giving blood has never been so easy

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

A purpose-built mobile blood unit from the Instituto Português do Sangue (IPS), the national blood institute in Lisbon, will start its regional journey in Vila Real de Santo António, along the Avenida de República, on Monday, August 3.

It will then be stopping in the following towns and cities in August: Avenida Infante D, Henrique, Montegordo (4 and 5), Tavira (6 and 7), Olhão (8 and 9), Faro (10 and 11), Quarteira (12 and 13), Albufeira (14, 15 and 27), Armação de Pêra (17 and 18), Portimão (19, 20, 21, 25 and 26) and Lagos (23 and 24).

The exact location of the mobile unit in each town has yet to be released, however it will be open to the public from 4pm until 9pm.

A mobile blood collection unit will also be open to the public from 5pm each day at the Fatacil fair in Lagoa between August 22 and 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 Alternatively visit the IPS website, available in Portuguese only, at www.ipsangue.org