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Thunder Bay Clinic Announcement

March 29, 2012

Open Letter to Thunder Bay Donors, Volunteers, and Community Partners

Dear valued member of the Thunder Bay community,

I am writing to personally inform you that after much consideration and evaluation, we have decided to close our Thunder Bay Plasma Centre effective April 12, 2012.

I understand this news will be disappointing and I want to assure you that the closure is in no way a reflection of the community support or the quality of the work of our employees in Thunder Bay. I would also like to reinforce that the closure will have no impact on patient care, and that local patients will continue to receive the blood and plasma for transfusion they need without disruption.

Over the past few years, there has been a consistent downward trend in the demand for plasma and based on our current projections we will need to collect approximately 10,000 fewer units next year. Because of this, we have had to re-evaluate our current plasma collection operations across the country. The overall decline in demand can be attributed to the introduction of new replacement products that are being used in place of transfusable plasma in our hospitals. After a thorough review of all Canadian Blood Services’ collections programs, including starting a whole blood or platelet clinic or using the site for research, a sustainable alternative to the plasma program in Thunder Bay will not be possible. Closing the clinic in Thunder Bay was determined to be the most viable option to align our plasma with what is required from our hospital customers.

The clinic will remain open until April 12, 2012, and there are no changes to the existing schedule at this Broken linkstime. If you have further questions, you can email us at or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). We have also set up a page on our website www.blood.ca/ThunderBay with additional information.

As a dedicated plasma donor, volunteer, or community partner your commitment to patients is something we greatly appreciate and something we’ve never taken for granted. Because of your efforts, you have helped save the lives of many Canadians from coast to coast. You are all part of an elite group who has gone above and beyond. The support from the Thunder Bay community over the past 16 years has been tremendous and valued.

Canadian Blood Services announces closure of Thunder Bay Plasma Centre Media Release

Sincerely,

Ian Mumford
Chief Operating Officer