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PHUKET: The Phuket Regional Blood Center (PRBC), often called upon to save the lives of Thais and foreigners, is low on stocks of blood type A Rhesus-negative

“As this is the beginning of [the Thai school] semester period, we got blood [donations] from students that makes us have sufficient stock of blood as we maintain a daily minimum stock of 200 units of A, B and O blood types,” said PRBC acting chief Pornthip Rattajak.

However, “A Rhesus negative blood is the [common] blood [type] of foreigners. Phuket is a tourism destination, so we need to keep [a lot of] it because we use it for tourists almost everyday. We maintain a daily minimum of 20 units, but now our stock of A Rhesus-negative blood is low,” she added

“Donors must be 17 -70 years old, but if 60-70, must provide written doctor approval. We don’t accept blood from [those who have experienced] considerable weight loss, sexual misconduct and promiscuity or [are people with abnormal] sexual orientation, and donors must also have no record of drug use, must be free of any medication containing aspirin for the three days prior to donating, and must have no history of being HIV positive, [or having] hepatitis B or jaundice,” she stated.

“We will not accept blood from those who’ve lived in the UK between 1980-1996 for a cumulative period of six months or more, or received blood transfusions in the UK from January 1, 1980 to 1996,” she explained.

“Donors must wait six months after having a tattoo or body piercing before donating blood or bone marrow,” said Chief Porntip

“Please get enough sleep and avoid high, fatty foods before donating. This just part of it, for more information please contact us directly,” she added.

The PRBC Tel 076-251178 , email : phuketrbc@yahoo.com

The Phuket Chapter of the Red Cross Society has announced its schedule of mobile donation clinics for the month of July. To help replenish dwindling stocks, the mobile blood donation clinics will be at the following places and times.

July 1: Siam Makro Company, Phuket branch, 1pm-4pm

July 2: Phuket Fantasea, Kamala, noon-4pm

July 8: Kalima resort and spa, Kathu, 1pm-4pm

July 10: JW Marriott resort and spa phuket, 1pm-4pm

July 11: Ratchapruk room of Kalapat school, 9am-noon

July 11: Administration room on third floor of PPAO hospital, noon-4pm

July 12: Kan Krao Room at Satree Phuket school, 9am-2pm

July 17: Royal Palm Beach front hotel, Kathu, 11am-3pm

July 24: Coconut grove room at Hilton Arcadia resort and spa, 1pm-4pm

July 25: Third floor at Phuket International airport, 10am-4pm

July 28: Big C Phuket, 2pm-9pm

July 29: 2nd floor of Robinson Junceylon, 10am-3pm

July 30: Bangkok Phuket Hospital, 9am-noon

The blood center accepts donations at their headquarters on Rattanakosin 200 Year Road, next to Phuket Provincial Employment Office in Saphan Hin, at the following days and times:

– Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: from 8:30am to 4:30pm (no break for lunch)

– Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 8:30 am to 8pm (no break for lunch)

– Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: from 9am to 3pm (no break for lunch)

 

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