Patients still need help from blood donors over Easter

It is important that enough donors lend a helping hand on the days leading up to and immediately after Easter. The Blood Service centres are open on weekdays and on Easter Monday, the 10th of April.

Blood products are needed in hospitals every day of the year, regardless of whether it is a weekday or a public holiday.

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

“The platelets used to treat cancer patients, for example, can only be used for a few days after donation, which is why it is important that donors give blood around the Easter holidays as well,” says Johanna Castrén, Director of Blood Donation at the Blood Service.

In addition to cancer patients, blood products are given to surgical patients, premature babies and victims of accidents, for example.

During the long Easter holidays, donors can give blood on weekdays and on Easter Monday, the 10th of April.

Both new and returning blood donors are welcome to donate blood. You can book an appointment to donate blood at

You can start to give blood if you are between the ages of 18 and 59. You can easily check whether you are eligible to donate blood at

On Monday 10 April, donors can give blood at ten Blood Service centres between the hours of 11.00am–6.00pm. In addition, a blood donation event will be held at the Kirkkopuisto parish centre in Riihimäki on the 10th of April, from 12 noon until 5.00pm.

The centres’ contact information, opening hours and blood donation events can be found on the Blood Service website.



Last modified: 05.04.2023