Beckley hospitals team up to address blood supply shortage
BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) - Health leaders in Southern West Virginia are sounding the alarm over a low blood supply.
Raleigh General Hospital and Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital (BARH) CEOs held a press conference in Beckley on Wednesday to address the shortage.
While the hospital leaders said they were not out of blood just yet, they are asking for the public’s help before the situation becomes critical.
“With the volume up and folks not out giving as much, we’re finding that we’re in a shortage for blood,” said BARH Interim Community CEO Jill Berry Bowen.
Raleigh General Hospital CEO Simon Ratliff added “we’re talking on a daily basis. We review every morning the amount of blood we have in case a trauma comes in. I’m talking to Jill on a daily basis and we’re coordinating with state health officials in case there’s an emergency.”
The two hospitals will be hosting a blood drive at the Crossroads Mall in Beckley on Friday to address the shortage. While all types of blood are welcome, the leaders said type ‘O’ is especially needed. Blood donated will go into the statewide Red Cross bank helping people across the region affected by the shortage.
“We’re operating in a complex circumstance with COVID. Our hospitalizations are higher. Our patients are critical and in need of blood. And folks who normally give blood are more cautious about coming out,” Bowen explained.
There will also be a drawing for prizes for those who come out on Friday, December 3rd, to donate. The prizes include a free TV and multiple gift cards. The drive will be held in the former FYE store from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
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