The Red Cross Blood Service is still in desperate need of Gold Coast donors, to prevent a potential blood shortage.
A whopping 1,800 Queenslanders answered last week’s state-wide call for an additional 2,500 people to give blood and plasma.
But sadly, it’s not enough to meet the increase in cancellations over the past three months, which is now over 5,000.
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The Gold Coast is one of six Queensland locations that particularly needs the extra donors, with many blood and plasma donation appointments available over the next week and beyond.
The response to last week’s call definitely helped, but Lifeblood spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh says more is needed.
“We’d like to thank everyone who has taken time to book in a blood donation this week, but we still need a steady flow of donors every day, particularly on the Gold Coast.
“This week the Robina and Southport Donor Centres are still over 120 appointments short of what they need to ensure there are enough supplies for patients in need, and almost 300 appointments short next week,” Ms Smetioukh said.
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.
“We want to thank everyone who’s continued to step up and donate during this pandemic.
“However, the reality is the need for blood and blood products never stops so we urge all eligible Australians to make blood or plasma donation part of their ‘new normal’,” Ms Smetioukh said.
“Lifeblood donor centres are safe to visit, with strict social distancing, cleaning and donor eligibility measures 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,” she said.
To make an appointment to give blood or plasma at the Robina or Southport Donor Centres, please call 13 14 95, visit lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the Donate Blood app.