Midland blood donors needed over Easter


Registered Nurse Rebecca Spence at the Australian Red Cross Blood Donor Centre in Midland. The blood bank has very few donors over the Easter period, which is generally a time when demand for blood products is high. Picture: David Baylis d480691
Registered Nurse Rebecca Spence at the Australian Red Cross Blood Donor Centre in Midland. The blood bank has very few donors over the Easter period, which is generally a time when demand for blood products is high. Picture: David Baylis d480691

AN EXTRA 110 people are needed to donate blood in Midland this Easter to boost blood supplies for cancer and trauma patients.

Platelets, a vital clotting agent in blood, are needed to treat patients undergoing chemotherapy and to combat life-threatening bleeding from road trauma and other emergency situations.

The hunt is on for donors in the next two weeks, with blood donors in short supply before, during and after the holiday.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said the need for blood doesn’t take a break.

“One blood product, platelets, only lasts for five days – not much longer than a hot cross bun – so we need a constant supply,” she said.

“Around Easter many regular blood donors are away, which means blood supplies can dip if we don’t have enough good eggs to fill the gap.

“In particular, more donors are needed at Midland Blood Donor Centre on Easter Monday, as currently just three donors are booked in to donate.”

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

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