Kerry haemochromatosis sufferers may be able to donate blood in 2015

Kerry haemochromatosis sufferers may be able to donate blood in 2015. That’s according to the Area Manager with the HSE Cork, Ger Reaney, who was responding to a query from Kerry County Councillor John Joe Culloty at the recent HSE South Regional Health Forum. Cllr John Joe Culloty Haemochromatosis, where the body absorbs too much iron from the diet, is treated with blood being taken on a regular basis. Currently blood taken from patients in the HSE South is destroyed, because it’s not taken for the purpose of donation. Kerry County Councillor John Joe Culloty has been calling for blood donation clinics for people with haemochromatosis. In August the Irish Blood Transfusion Service launched a facility in Dublin where certain patients can donate blood. It’s intended to extend the programme to Cork in early 2014, and to other parts of the country in 2015. It’ll operate for two years on a pilot basis initially, and may continue depending on its success.

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