REGINA – New blood donor clinics are on the way in both Saskatoon and Regina, along with job losses for the latter.
At Regina’s Broadway Avenue clinic, 13 or 14 jobs will be eliminated within about four to five years when a processing facility is built in Calgary, which will process Regina’s donations.
Processing entails turning donations into red cells, plasma, and platelets.
It is not yet known how many positions will need to be filled at the new location.
Blood supplies will not be affected in Regina. An inventory of blood products will continue to be maintained in the province.
Donor clinics in Regina and Saskatoon are being moved to new spaces within two to three years and by the end of the year, respectively.
“The buildings that we’re operating in in both Regina and Saskatoon are getting a little long in the tooth, as they say,” said Mumford.
Saskatoon’s brand-new location is being leased; the yet-to-be-announced location is scheduled to open before the end of the year.
“These new clinics will be airier, there will be sort of more open space, brighter, and allow us to bring in all the new technology that we want to bring into the clinics as well,” said Mumford.
Both new clinics will offer more parking.