Saving lives easier at new donor centre in Midland

Karen Mannaerts donates blood at the new centre in |Midland. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d445741
Karen Mannaerts donates blood at the new centre in |Midland. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d445741

A WHOPPING 11,000 blood donations will be given each year at Midland’s new $2.2 million blood donor centre, helping save the lives of thousands of Australians like five-year-old Alex Jacob Watson.

Alex has received 15 transfusions of blood products during treatment for a rare immune deficiency disorder this year.

The happy youngster joined Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt in officially opening the new centre in a special ceremony last week.

WA donor services manager Mary Haughton said the new centre would accommodate a growing number of blood donors in the area.

“When the Blood Service first opened a donor centre in Midland, it collected 90 donations a week. That figure has more than doubled to 200 donations a week, or up to 11,000 donations a year,” Ms Haughton said.

“With the introduction of platelet-only donations, donors can now save lives in even more ways and the new Midland centre will collect more blood than ever before.

“In our first year in our new facility, we expect to collect up to 7000 litres of blood and help to save the lives of over 33,000 West Australians.”

Ms Haughton said the new centre was just five minutes from the old site and located at 233 Great Eastern Highway, just across from Midland Gate Shopping Centre.

“This new, state-of-the-art blood donor centre is located within a short distance of shops and restaurants, meaning donors can enjoy a good shop or a meal before saving lives,” she said.

“At twice the size of our existing centre, our new facility is more spacious and boasts larger donation and refreshment areas to make our donors’ blood donation experience more enjoyable.”

The new centre was funded with contributions from federal and state governments.

To make an appointment to donate blood at the new Midland Blood Donor Centre, or for more information, visit donateblood.com.au or call the centre on 13 14 95.