Gold Coasters are being urged to roll up their sleeves for a different reason today, with the Red Cross once again in need of blood donations.
An extra 1,500 Queenslanders are needed to donate blood over the next fortnight to ensure stocks don’t dip to critical levels.
It comes as lockdowns lift in Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT, meaning a return to surgeries that will require more blood supply.
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In addition to that, experts are predicting a spike in road trauma as people get on the road for the Christmas holidays once borders reopen.
There’s also been an alarming rise in cancellations and no-shows of people who do book in to donate.
Lifeblood spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh is urging people to keep their
“Our donors have shown us incredible support over the last two years, however as life moves to COVID-normal, it’s important that people continue to donate to help ensure hospitals can continue to treat patients,”
“There is no alternative for patients in need of blood and we’d like to remind donors and anyone who has thought about becoming a donor, just how critical they are. They are literally saving lives,” she added.
The universal blood type ‘O Negative’ is currently in high demand, with donor numbers dwindling while hospital demand increases.
It can be used in emergency situations such as road accidents, where there isn’t time to find out a patient’s blood type.
“We currently have 1,000 fewer active O Negative donors than we did over a year ago and we would particularly like to welcome those previous donors back to our donor centres,”
“We have extended opening hours in our centres and have more appointments available for donors than ever before. If you are feeling well, not waiting on a COVID-19 test and haven’t been told to isolate please book a donation,”
“With one in three of us needing donated blood or blood products in our lifetime, the life you save could be that of a friend or family member,” Ms Smetioukh added.
To book a donation visit lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the free DonateBlood App.