You asked us

Fall 2014

How can I make a difference by supporting health care in my community?

If you want to make a positive impact on the lives of others by supporting health care, there are many ways that you can give back. It’s easier than you may think!

Give your time

Volunteers are one of the most important resources within our health-care community. Approximately 900 volunteers provide service to over 90 programs at LHSC across University Hospital and Victoria Hospital – including the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP). A diverse array of adult and student volunteers find personal fulfillment in helping others and making a difference to the experience of our patients and their families. Learn more about volunteering with LHSC.

Shop at the hospital gift shops

Did you know that the LHSC Auxiliary operates five hospital gift shops? For over 90 years, the LHSC Auxiliary has helped raise over $7 million in support of the hospital. When you purchase gifts, sundries, clothing and accessories, flowers, stamps, snacks and other personal items at these shops, proceeds directly support the hospital. Gift stores at LHSC are located as follows:

University Hospital
Zone B, 1st floor

Victoria Hospital
Victoria’s Place - Zone B, 1st floor
Boutique - Zone D, 3rd floor
Garden Shoppe - Zone D, 3rd floor
Tower Shop - Zone E, 1st floor

Support your hospital

London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF) and Children’s Health Foundation (CHF) support LHSC’s key equipment needs and initiatives that foster excellence in patient-centred care, education, discovery and innovation. Donors enable LHSC and LHSC’s Children’s Hospital to enhance the level of patient- and family-centred care and support.

There are many ways to support these foundations including making a tax-deductible donation, leaving a legacy gift, volunteering, participating in fundraisers, and/or supporting the Dream Lottery (just to name a few). Learn more by visiting www.lhsf.ca and www.childhealth.ca.

Be a blood donor

London Health Sciences Centre is a top-three user of blood product in Ontario and the fifth heaviest user in Canada. Each year LHSC uses almost 23,000 units of red blood cells, 12,000 units of plasma, and 5,000 bags of platelets to care for patients. Canadian Blood Services only has enough product for the next five-to-seven days at any time. The supply is constantly in need of replenishment.

To become a blood donor, make an appointment with Canadian Blood Services by calling 1-888-2-DONATE or visit them online. Friends and family members of LHSC staff are also eligible to donate as an LHSC Partners for Life member – just let them know you’d like to register the next time you donate!

Register as an organ and tissue donor

LHSC is home to the Stiller Blackburn Multi-Organ Transplant Program, which has been providing innovative and life-saving care to transplant patients for more than 30 years.

Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives, but at any given time there are more than 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and every three days one of them dies while waiting.

Organ donation in Ontario has tremendous support, but there is a lack of follow-through on intent. While 80 per cent of Ontarians say that giving consent for organ and tissue donation in advance is very important to them, less than 25 per cent have actually registered.

To become a registered organ and tissue donor, you can register your consent online or at any ServiceOntario location. Remember to discuss with your family so they’re aware of your donation wishes.

Find out more about LHSC’s transplant program.  

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