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Translink to lay on free transport to NI Blood Transfusion staff to ensure vital donations continue

The service will bring staff to and from Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital to a number of blood donation venues including the Crozier Hall in Armagh

Translink will provide a new staff transport facility for NI Blood Transfusion Service nurses from tomorrow (Monday) to support the organisation facing travel challenges due to Covid-19.

The free service will transport staff to and from Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital to a number of blood donation venues across the country including the Crozier Hall, at St Mark’s Parish Church in Armagh.

With staff currently unable to fulfil their daily commitments as a result of not having a suitable form of transport to socially distance themselves, the provision of this daily Translink bus will safeguard the important service these key workers perform by providing a responsible travel solution.

Philip Woods, Translink’s Head of Operational Improvement, said: “We know this is a challenging time for everyone. We’re working hard to support local communities and essential workers with our bus and rail network and have reached out to a range of organisations to see how we can also play our part to support the wider community during this emergency.”

This service will run for two weeks to support the NI Blood Transfusion Service which is responsible for the collection, testing and distribution of over 55,000 blood donations each year.

Translink is reminding everyone to stay at home if they can and only travel by bus or train if they are making essential journeys. Passengers should also wash hands before they travel, follow social distancing rules on board services and use cashless payment options or have the correct change as change cannot be given on board.

For more details visit www.translink.co.uk or follow @Translink_NI #StayHomeSaveLives

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