Canadian Blood Services has confirmed to Moose FM that they will no longer be holding blood drive clinics in Bancroft.
A spokesperson for Blood Services says that connectivity concerns were the reason for stopping the service, as they say a strong and consistent cell signal is essential to operating a mobile donation clinic. These issues have been persistent for years.
Blood Services add that holding a donation event in a remote location impacts their ability to ship blood donations to their facilities. They also factor in a number of other issues as well, such as the number of donations collected, labour and transport costs. They say because of this, they must focus on gathering donations in larger population centers.
However, they stress that this will not impact how local hospitals will receive blood products. They reaffirm that patients will continue to receive the infusions they need when they need them.
The last donation clinic in the Town of Bancroft took place on March 1st, 2021.