Haemochromatosis Programme - Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Haemochromatosis Programme

We have recently made some changes to our Haemochromatosis programme at our clinics in Dublin (D'Olier Street) and Cork (St.Finbarrs Hospital). 

**This programme will be rolled out to all IBTS whole blood clinics in the coming months.  

Members of the public who have Hereditary Haemochromatosis (HH) can attend either of these whole blood clinics and have their eligibility to donate assessed by completing a Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire (HLQ). There is a new question on the HLQ asking about a diagnosis of or treatment for HH, please answer yes if this applies to you.

*You will not require a prescription from your doctor to donate.

You may be Accepted to donate if:

  • You do not suffer from complications as a result of HH e.g. cardiac, liver
  • You have never required venesection

You may be Accepted to donate if:

  • You do not suffer from complications as a result of HH e.g. cardiac, liver
  • You require maintenance venesections of no more than 8 per year (you can only attend an IBTS clinic 4 times per year with a minimum of 90 days between phlebotomies) 
  • You have not had a venesection in the last two weeks
  • You have completed iron depletion therapy

Following an interview with IBTS staff:

  • If you fulfil all other IBTS criteria to donate, we will measure your haemoglobin level using a finger prick test. If the result is within range we will collect a donation of blood along with samples for testing.   
  • If you are temporarily deferred from donating, we will measure your haemoglobin level using a finger prick test  and venesect you into a dry pack (i.e. not for patient use in a hospital) on the day you attend. We will collect samples with the venesection and carry out our standard tests. We will inform you of the length of time the deferral will apply and you may attend the clinic for a therapeutic venesection (i.e. not for patient use in a hospital), while the deferral is in place.Exception: If you are not feeling well on the day you attend (e.g. flu or chest infection), we will not venesect you. 
  • If you are permanently excluded from donating, the IBTS will not collect any blood or blood samples from you on a whole blood clinic.  

The IBTS will NOT monitor your Ferritin levels; you must continue to attend your treating physician for the management of your HH.  

Phlebotomies will be at a maximum frequency of 4 per year with a minimum of 90 days between phlebotomies.

Clinic Locations:

The IBTS Haemochromatosis Dublin Clinic: D'Olier Street, Dublin, the 2nd Floor, Lafayette House, 1-5 D'Olier Street (at O'Connell Bridge)

The IBTS Haemochromatosis Cork Clinic: Munster Regional Transfusion Centre, St.Finbarrs Hospital, Douglas Road, Cork

Check your eligibility to donate here.