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Our donors have asked and we have delivered. To help make saving lives even easier for you, Canadian Blood Services has introduced a new online appointment booking system.

As an existing or potential blood donor, you understand the need for blood is ongoing and that we rely on your regular donations. However, we appreciate how busy you are, and that many of you have asked us for a more convenient way for you to book your own appointments.

Since online booking launched in October 2011, there have been close to 8,300 appointments made through www.blood.ca. That equates to one appointment booked for every two visitors to the site. This new easy-to-use online appointment booking system is available on the website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can now book and manage your own appointments easily and securely by registering through www.blood.ca. To add to the convenience, you can see all available appointments for your next few donations and update your profile information at any time.

No more worries about forgetting your appointment anymore either. When you book online, you can receive an e-mail or phone reminder giving you advance notice that your blood donation date is upcoming. If for some reason you can’t make your appointment, the reminder will give you enough time to reschedule. Recent figures have shown that donors who book their appointment online are more likely to honour them. This will help to free up an appointment time for another donor to maximize the number of donations in our clinics.

“For many Canadians, web-based booking is not just a preferred service offering anymore; it is expected,” says Sue Blasutti, Executive Director of Donor and Clinic Services. “By introducing online appointment booking, we are offering donors an additional and convenient option to book an appointment to donate.”

The online appointment booking system is currently available to our whole blood donors only, who may also continue to book by calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) if they prefer. However, if you are a platelet or plasma donor, we invite you to book your appointment in person at your preferred clinic, or over the phone so that we can speak to you about the donation process.

So what are you waiting for? Please visit www.blood.ca today to try this new service to book your appointment to donate.

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