Help from blood donors is needed around the Easter holidays

The help of volunteer blood donors is needed especially around public holidays. The Blood Service units are open on weekdays and on Easter Monday, 18 April.

Usually, blood can be donated on weekdays, and that is sufficient to provide the blood products needed to treat patients.

“However, patients need blood products regardless of whether it is a weekday or a holiday. Platelets in particular remain viable only for a few days after donation, which is why blood donation units cannot be closed for too many days at a time,” says Pia Kara, Regional Manager at the Blood Service.

During the long Easter holidays, in addition to weekdays, blood can also be donated on Easter Monday, 18 April. The help of some 800 blood donors is needed every day of the week.

Especially on the days before and immediately after Easter, it is important that enough donors lend their helping hand, or arm, as it is in this case.

Both new and returning blood donors are welcome to donate blood. You can book your appointment for donation at Your first blood donation can be between the age of 18 and 59. You can easily check your eligibility to donate blood at

On Monday, 18 April, blood can be donated at ten Blood Service units:

• Espoo Iso Omena, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Helsinki Sanomatalo, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Helsinki Kivihaka, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Jyväskylä Kolmikulma, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Kuopio Sektori, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Lahti Trio, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Oulu, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Seinäjoki from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Tampere Koskikeskus, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Turku, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The contact details and regular opening hours of the offices/units can be found behind the links on the website of each unit.

In addition, a blood donation event will be held at the Kirkkopuisto parish centre in Riihimäki on 18 April, from noon to 5 p.m.

Blood donation events around Easter

The Blood Service organises weekly blood donation events across the country. Future blood donation events can be found in the calendar on the Blood Service website.

Last modified: 28.02.2023