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 is now available on all clinics served by the Limerick Mobile team (Limerick, Clare, South Tipperary and North Kerry).

See below for a full list of upcoming clinics

**This programme will be rolled out to all remaining 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 don't require and 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 must have had at least 1 therapeutic venesection without complication
  • 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

All clinics served by the Limerick Mobile Team (Limerick, Clare, South Tipperary and North Kerry)

Mon 08-Oct Caherdavin / Tues 09-Oct Adare / Wed 10-Oct Kilrush / Thurs 11-Oct Kilrush
Mon 15-Oct Tipperary Town / Tues 16-Oct Tipperary Town / Wed 17-Oct Dell Computers / Thurs 18-Oct Raheen
Mon 22-Oct Shannon Town / Tues 23-Oct Shannon Town / Wed 24-Oct Castletroy / Thurs 25-Oct Doon 
Tues 30-Oct Thurles / Wed 31-Oct Thurles / Thurs 01-Nov Thurles  / Sun 04-Nov Thurles 
Mon 05-Nov Bunratty / Tues 06-Nov Nenagh / Wed 07-Nov Caherdavin / Thurs 08-Nov Limerick university
Mon 12-Nov Caherconlish / Tues 13-Nov Bruff / Wed 14-Nov Rathkeale / Thurs 15-Nov Scarriff
Mon 19-Nov Castletroy / Tues 20-Nov Raheen / Wed 21-Nov Lisvernane Galbally / Thurs 22-Nov Pallasgreen
Mon 26-Nov Corbally / Tues 27-Nov Kilfinane / Wed 28-Nov Thurles / Thurs 29-Nov Askeaton 
Mon 03-Dec Ennis / Tues 04-Dec Ennis / Wed 05-Dec Ennis / Thurs 06-Dec Ennis 
Mon 10-Dec Ennis / Tues 11-Dec Newcastlewest / Wed 12-Dec Newcastlewest / Thurs 13-Dec Dromcollogher / Sun 16-Dec Newport
Mon 17-Dec Listowel / Tues 18-Dec Listowel / Wed 19-Dec Caherdavin / Thurs 20-Dec Glin / Sun 23-Dec Ennis 
Thurs 27-Dec Castletroy / Fri 28-Dec Croom 
Wed 02-Jan Castleisland / Thurs 03-Jan Castleisland / Sun 06-Jan Raheen
Mon 07-Jan Abbeyfeale / Tues 08-Jan Abbeyfeale / Wed 09-Jan St Johns Pavilion / Thurs 10-Jan Ballina,Killaloe
Mon 14-Jan Kilmallock

Further details about these clinics timers can be found at Find a clinic

Check your eligibility to donate here.  

Updated 8th October 2018