Gold Coasters are being urged to roll up their sleeves over the next couple of weeks, with Lifeblood in desperate need of blood and plasma donors.
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is desperately calling for another 470 Gold Coast residents to give blood or plasma during the next two weeks.
While any donors are very welcome, Lifeblood is particularly keen to sure up supplies of O+ and A+ blood, with stock dwindling to just two days supply.
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As the nation continues to reopen, Lifeblood is seeing fewer donors making appointments and 1,200 donors cancelling or not turning up to their donations every day.
But spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh says they still need at least 31,000 donations every week across Australia, to help patients in times of trauma, major surgery, cancer treatment, pregnancy and a host of other situations.
“As restrictions across the nation continue to ease, it’s essential that blood and plasma donations continue,” Ms Smetioukh said.
“We saw the absolute best of the community throughout the pandemic with donors continuing to come in, however, this recent trend of decreasing appointments and increasing cancellations is concerning,” Ms Smetioukh said.
It’s hoped that both the O+ and A+ stock can be boosted quickly, with over 70 percent of the Australian population having one of those two blood types.
“We want to thank everyone who has continued to step up and donate during COVID-19. However, the need for blood and blood products never stops so we urge those who can to make blood or plasma donation part of their ‘new normal’.
“Even if you don’t know what blood type you have, we still need you – we need all blood types every day.”
“Our donor centres are safe to visit, with strict social distancing, cleaning and donor eligibility measures still in place. Only healthy people are eligible to give blood and we have introduced even more stringent wellness checks prior to appointments, including temperature checking,” Ms Smetioukh said.
To book a blood or plasma donation visit lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the Donate Blood app.