22,000 blood donors needed as elective surgeries dry up supplies

The Red Cross Lifeblood is in desperate need of thousands of donors, with stocks on various blood types running low.

Around 22,000 blood or plasma donors are needed over the next fortnight alone.

In particular, blood types O-, A-, A+ and B- are all running low.


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The shortage is due to the sharp increase in elective surgeries, with hospitals tackling the backlog from the coronavirus pandemic.

Lifeblood Executive Director Cath Stone says there are also fewer people actually donating blood.

“Hospital demand is up 7 per cent compared to this time last year and we have around 10,000 fewer people donating now than we saw at the peak of the pandemic.

“We need more donors to roll up their sleeves to ensure fridges are well stocked. We have 22,000 extra appointments to fill during the next two weeks.

“Even if you don’t know what blood type you have, we still need you – we need all blood types every day.

“31,000 donations are needed every week across Australia to help patients in times of trauma, major surgery, cancer treatment, pregnancy and a host of other situations.

“As we continue to ride the wave of changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s essential that blood and plasma donations continue,” Ms Stone said.

For more information or to book a donation call 13 14 95, visit lifeblood.com.au or download the free Donate Blood app

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