Useful Information

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Meals on Wheels Tralee​:

Gala Oakpark & Gala Mounthawk​:
Every Sunday, 2 – 4 pm dedicated to customers
over 65. Transport also available. 0871211913

Iceland Foods Ireland​:
From Wednesday 18th of March onward 8 – 9 am
daily will be dedicated to customers over 65.

Lidl Ireland:
From Wednesday 18th March 9 – 11 am daily dedicated to vulnerable and elderly customers.

ALDI Ireland:
priority elderly hours (11am-1pm)

Tesco Ireland:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 9am dedicated shopping hours.

Ardfert Community Centre​: Free Grocery Delivery Service
Contact Pat: 0879209673

Tralee Soup Kitchen​:
Free takeaway Meals every Saturday

Tralee and Surrounding Areas
Ted Cronin: 0876363149 (Wheelchair car available)

Blood Donation

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Find a blood donation clinic today

Blood Transfusion Process

Once the donor has donated the blood it is processed into a number of products suitable for use in the clinical care of patients.

First, the blood is filtered to remove the white blood cells from it. White blood cells are important to prevent and fight infections, but they do not work when transfused as part of an ordinary blood donation.

Next, we separate out the red blood cells, and add a special nutrient fluid to them to allow us to preserve them for up to five weeks.


Red Cell Uses

In the body red blood cells are essential to carry oxygen to all cells in all your tissues and organs. Red cell depletion occurs for any of the following scenarios:

  • Red cells are lost from bleeding after injury or during surgery.
  • The body loses the capacity to make enough of its own red cells.
  • A genetic condition prevents proper red cell formation by the body.
  • The body loses the ability to produce enough of its own red blood cells when undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.


Platelet Uses

As part of the blood transfusion process we separate out the platelets. These are very small cells that are essential for blood clotting. Platelets are used in the following scenarios:

  • Patients who receive chemotherapy for cancer may need platelet transfusions to help their blood clot effectively.
  • Heart surgery patients and victims of serious trauma can need platelet transfusions too.

Platelets have a short shelf life of five days. So keeping the supply going is a constant challenge. Around 22,000 doses are used in Irish hospitals per annum. Learn about Giving Platelets and what happens at the platelet clinic.


Blood Plasma Uses

The third component of each blood donation is the plasma. This is the fluid in which the cells are suspended in the bloodstream. You have about three litres of it circulating through your blood vessels. It has proteins necessary for immunity and for blood clotting. Plasma can be stored frozen. Plasma is used in the following circumstances:

  • Replace proteins where they are lost due to a large blood loss from trauma and during surgery.
  • Plasma is used to make purified concentrates. For example patients often receive treatment with  immunoglobulin concentrates or albumin made from plasma.

(excerpt : blood transfusion service website)

Park Run

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Join us on a Parkrun

parkrun Practice Initiative

In an exciting and innovative initiative, the ICGP is collaborating with parkrun Ireland to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and patients. Under this initiative, GP practices across Ireland are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become parkrun practices.


(excerpt: Irish College of General Practitioners)