Review by the Chief Executive

Activities remained stable amid turbulence

The Blood Service’s new dynamic strategy “Cells for life 2022–2026” was approved on 10 February 2022. We expected to see our activities return to stability in 2022 as the pandemic was easing and we were able to focus on moving to our new premises in Vantaa. Two weeks later, war broke out in Europe resulting in widespread global insecurity and problems with supply chains. In Finland, the healthcare sector was affected by industrial action in the local government sector and by a shortage of labour.

Thanks to decades of systematic work and expertise in preparedness and careful planning and implementation, we made it through these difficult times. Following joint efforts with our highly committed partners, the new building in Vehkala, Vantaa, was completed on time. We moved to the new premises right on schedule and without any disruptions to our 24/7 operations. The staff members of each unit oversaw the relocation of their operations.

Financially it was a difficult year, so having new, purpose-built, more energy-efficient premises that will strengthen our operational reliability was greatly appreciated. We’ve settled in fast, and it was pleasing to see how strongly the sense of community has developed despite the increased amount of remote working.

Thank you to the staff and our partners for all their hard work and for completing this enormous task. Thank you to the donors who helped us prepare for and react to the needs of patients. The 75-year old Blood Service is in great shape.

Pia Westman
Chief Executive of the Blood Service

New, purpose-built, more energy-efficient premises will strengthen our operational reliability.