The permanent blood donor clinic based in Sarnia’s Bayside Mall is closing June 1, 2015, with Canadian Blood Services citing a “steady decline in demand for blood products” as the reason for the closure.
Permanent clinics in Prince George, B.C., Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Corner Brook, Newfoundland, are also closing June 1.
Ian Mumford, chief supply chain officer with Canadian Blood Services, in a Thursday letter to Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, said employees at the Sarnia blood donor clinic were told of the impending closure today.
Some 10 part time employees currently work at the permanent clinic, which is open to the public for a total of 16 hours a week.
Canadian Blood Services says it plans to operate a mobile clinic twice a month.
Mumford said in his letter to Bradley that the closures are not a reflection of community support or the quality of work being done by local employees.
“The location of the current permanent clinic in Sarnia is not ideal for local donors, volunteers and staff,” he said in his letter. “In addition, the Sarnia clinic has consistently collected about 20% below its target for the last several years.”
At the same time, Mumford said in his letter that Sarnia as a city has a strong donor base. “We believe regular mobile blood donor clinics is a viable alternative for Sarnia.”
Mayor Bradley told Lambton Shield that he was “disappointed” by news of the Sarnia clinic closure, although he said the fact that Sarnia would be receiving mobile blood donor clinic services is a positive.
“We have offered to work with Canadian Blood Services on possible locations for the mobile clinic,” said Bradley, noting that not all of the cities where clinics are being closed will receive mobile service.