Anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine is one of the products to be given to some Irish patients despite poor performance in smaller trials. File photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds of Irish patients are set to to take part in clinical trials on potential new treatments for Covid-19. They will be part of a series of “int(...)

Donations have fallen in Northern Ireland but there is a contingency to get blood from the NHS in Britain.

When Patricia Russell gave blood in Limerick last week, she did so in a hotel which was about to close because of coronavirus. “I did think, should (...)

The headquarters of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has appointed Orla O’Brien has its new chief executive. Ms O’Brien is currently the chief executive of th(...)

The chance of a blood donor having to be admitted to hospital overnight is  given as one in 26,113.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is being sued by four donors who allege they were injured when giving blood. The donors, who have donated (...)

About 1%  of the population requires a blood transfusion each year, while one-in-four people will at some stage benefit from a donation.  Photograph: Getty Images

Joint procurement arrangements between the Irish and UK blood donation services will end with Brexit, although critical equipment supplies have been s(...)

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Construction firm Cairn Homes has appointed three new independent non-executive directors, following a review of the board. The company also said its(...)

Prof Geraldine Boylan with baby Sylvie Carter, Colleen and baby Con Deasy, baby Ruairi Deasy and Centre Manager ChristianStafford with Kate and Eva Deasy and Gail and Anna Carter celebrate a milestone five years of innovations and research at Ireland’s dedicated foetal and neonatal research centre, Infant, at University College Cork and Cork University Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Clare Keogh

1. One in four people experience a Christmas dinner disaster, according to Safefood Ireland which has issued tips on how to avert such a disaster this(...)

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks.

The State’s first centre for Lyme disease is to open this month, amid continuing controversy over the way the condition is diagnosed and treated. The(...)

IBTS chief executive Andy Kelly said some hospitals were “inappropriately” relying on O negative blood donations.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Some Irish hospitals are inappropriately relying excessively on ‘universal’ O negative blood type donations, putting pressure on supplies, the Irish B(...)

Give Blood at the Blood Transfusion Service at D’Olier Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dozens of members of the Polish community have donated blood at clinics to mark the contribution of “bloody foreigners” to vital blood stocks. The I(...)

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