Queenslanders urged to donate blood, even during lockdown

Gold Coasters and southeast Queenslanders are being reminded that donating blood is still considered essential throughout this lockdown.

It comes as Lifeblood reports another huge amount of cancellations as a result of current restrictions being extended through until Sunday.

However, despite 11 local government areas being in lockdown in South East Queensland, we’re being reminded that donating blood and plasma is still one of the reasons that you can leave your house.


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Spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh says that there are literally thousands of appointments available, that desperately need to be filled.

“Donating blood and plasma remains an essential activity, and travel and venue restrictions do not prevent you from giving blood – we need you now more than ever,” Ms Smetioukh said.

“Our donor centres are open and safe. In addition to our already strong eligibility and hygiene protocols, we have implemented a wide range of additional measures including:

· Masks for staff and donors

· Postponements for people who have tested positive to COVID-19 or been in contact with a confirmed case

· Wellness checks, including contactless temperature check, before entering the centre

· Increased cleaning of frequently used items

· Providing additional hand sanitiser for donors

· Additional daily cleaning of all areas in our centres

· Restriction of non-donating visitors to our centres

· Provision of public health information in every centre

· Implementing social distancing wherever possible

“Lockdowns don’t stop the need for blood – there are patients in hospital who need blood and are relying on people to donate,” Ms Smetioukh added.

People who are healthy and well, not waiting on test results or isolating can book online at lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the Donate Blood app.