Be a lifesaver and a winner: Donate blood for a chance at a prize

Wednesday 10 May 2023: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) and Bermuda Blood Donor Centre express their gratitude to the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for generously donating two prizes to acknowledge Bermuda’s blood and apheresis donors. The prizes, which consist of a stay at the hotel and a champagne brunch, will be awarded to winners selected from Bermuda’s active donors and new blood donors who have donated over the past year up to June 30, 2023. This year marks the third consecutive year that the Hamilton Princess has offered these prizes.

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, a consultant haematologist at BHB, comments: “I would like to express my appreciation to the Hamilton Princess for their donations. Donations such as these are essential in increasing the number of blood and apheresis donors in Bermuda. Every year, the need for blood transfusions increases. In 2022 we had a total of 1946 red cell transfusions compared to 1917 in 2021. However, the number of donors is on the decline. I encourage new donors and younger donors to consider donating to ensure that we can have a continued supply of blood.”

Tim Morrison, General Manager of the Hamilton Princess, comments: “Hamilton Princess & Beach Club takes pride in being able to provide two prizes for active and new blood donors.  We hope that these prizes will help motivate more individuals to donate blood and show our gratitude to Bermuda’s regular donors who help save lives all year round.”

Lucy Correia, a Nurse Phlebotomist at the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre, comments: “I am delighted that all active donors can participate in the draw. For those considering donating for the first time, the process is straightforward and takes only about 30 minutes. One donation can help up to three people.”

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located on the first floor of the General Wing of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. It is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm and Friday from 8:30am to 1pm for appointments. For more information about donating, visit www.bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor or calling the Blood Donor Centre on 236-5067.

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.