Barrie Engineers Helping To Top Up The Blood Bank

South End Construction Impacting Donation Rates

The construction at Big Bay Point Road and Fairview Drive in south Barrie is impacting more than just traffic. The Blood donor clinic just to the south of the closure has noted a huge dip in the number of donations coming in since the project began.

Knowing the construction project they helped design could be to blame for this shortfall, several members of Barrie’s engineering team rolled up their sleeves to try and help top up the blood bank.

It was the first time giving blood for both Terri Rutten, Development Services Field Coordinator (left) and Stew Patterson, Manager of Construction (right)

Elaine St. Pierre with the Canadian Blood Services says the Barrie donor centre must collect 206 blood donations to meet its target, while the increased traffic on Bayview Drive because of the construction is resulting in some cancellations and no-shows in recent weeks.

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St. Pierre points out the need for blood donations is constant, but more challenging in the warmer weather. “Summer is already a challenging time for us to collect blood, with changing routines once the kids get out of school and even our most dedicated donors can sometimes be away on vacation. The added impact of the traffic delays has resulted in our Barrie donor centre not reaching its targets for hospitals.”

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There are close to 1,800 open appointments to fill at the Barrie clinic through July and August. The Barrie donor centre is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-7pm, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 8am-12pm, and while some walk in slots are available, St. Pierre suggests booking ahead, either through the GiveBlood app, or at www.blood.ca.