Cannington residents urged to roll up their sleeves and donate plasma amid shortage


Red Cross’s Suzanne Lukehurst and donor Damon Parsons. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d479523
Red Cross’s Suzanne Lukehurst and donor Damon Parsons. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d479523

RESIDENTS are urged to roll up their sleeves with the Cannington Blood Donor Centre experiencing a shortage in plasma stocks.

Blood Service community relations officer Gina Tracey said plasma was a component of blood that could save lives in 18 different ways.

She said thousands of Australians living with chronic illness, burns and infectious diseases would need plasma at some stage of their treatment.

“Plasma is set to become Australia’s most-needed blood component in just a few years,” she said.

“A plasma donation is time well spent: you’ll get time to yourself while donating, you’ll be giving Australian patients what they need, and you’ll feel good afterwards.

“Plasma and its many treatments are used to treat shock and burns, fight infectious diseases, prevent blood clots, and stop critical bleeding, often in emergency situations.”

Ms Tracey said the Cannington centre was looking for 150 donors to give plasma by the end of the month.

Call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au to make an appointment.

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