HAMILTON blood donors have nearly filled 170 appointments at the mobile donor van this week.
The visit is the first opportunity local donors have been given to donate in town since the shock closure of the Hamilton centre in January.
During the visit, a blood service spokeswoman revealed the closure of the Hamilton centre was the first in 10 years – since before the service became a national body – and that no other centres had been earmarked for closure.
Communications advisor, Erin Lagoudakis said Hamilton had 930 donors but the centre had failed to reach its 2700 donation target.
The centre fell just 200 donations shy in the 2012-13 financial year and 120 this financial year before the closure.
“It was an underperforming site and it was only open two days a week,” she said.
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