THE Blood Service is calling on residents to book an appointment at the Midland Donor Centre to give plasma after an increase in demand for the product.
Plasma is a type of blood donation needed by thousands of people battling chronic illness, burns and infectious diseases.
Blood Service community relations officer Daniela Niv said demand for some plasma treatments was increasing by 11 per cent each year and the service needed more residents to become donors.
“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.”
The Blood Service is urging an extra 160 locals to give plasma before the end of February.
To make an appointment or learn more about donating plasma, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.