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St Jude Hospital is the recipient of a mobile blood bank unit donated by the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom to the government and people of St Lucia.

The donation of the DAF 45 Series, custom built mobile blood bank was made possible through the persistent efforts of the St. Lucia National Committee in the UK.

The vehicle was officially presented to the hospital during a ceremony held on August 30, 2017 at the George Odlum Stadium.

At the ceremony, remarks were made by the Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr. Merlene Fredericks, the Officer in Charge of St Jude Hospital, Dr. Sylvestre and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of St Jude Hospital, Dr. Ulric Mondesir. Remarks were also heard from Mr. Bertram Leon from the St Lucia National Committee in the UK. Also in attendance at Wednesday’s ceremony were members of the St Lucia International Association.

The blood bank will be utilized to collect blood from surrounding communities to ensure that St Jude Hospital maintains a constant supply to meet the vital needs of its patients.

St Jude Hospital is deeply grateful to the St Lucia National Committee in the United Kingdom and Mr. Bertram Leon, in particular, who began negotiations with the National Health Service of the United Kingdom since 2013 to secure this mobile blood bank on behalf of the hospital.

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