New wellness checks

'Helping to keep you and our team safe'.

We’ve introduced non-contact temperature checks and extra questions for donors before entry.

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Donor Centres

Our donor centres are safe and places of wellness.

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Limited shelf life

Donated blood only lasts 42 days.

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Donations needed

Every week, Australia needs 29,000 blood donations

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No confirmed reports

There are no confirmed reports of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world

Frequently asked questions

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Safety of Australia’s blood supply

Is coronavirus (COVID-19) a threat to the safety of Australia’s blood supply?

No. Lifeblood is ensuring Australia’s blood supply remains one of the safest and reliable in the world through a range of measures.

There are no confirmed cases of transfusion-transmitted SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, anywhere in the world. 

Also, other similar respiratory viruses (SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV) are not confirmed as transfusion-transmissible. Respiratory viruses such as influenza and other coronaviruses such as the common cold are also not confirmed as transfusion-transmissible.

Donating blood remains an essential activity. There are still patients in hospital who need blood and are relying on people to continue making these generous donations. 

What is Lifeblood doing to ensure Australia’s blood supply is safe from coronavirus?

We have a dedicated working group of experts who have been closely monitoring global developments for some months now and advising any specific actions. You can find information in these FAQs about what measures we have taken.

Our donor centres remain safe places to visit, and we encourage people who are able to donate blood or plasma to continue to support the one in three Australians who will need blood or a blood product at some stage in their life. 

Can coronavirus be transmitted by blood transfusion?

There are no confirmed reports of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world.

Are you screening blood samples for coronavirus? 

There are no confirmed reports of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world and for this reason we do not need to routinely test blood donors for coronavirus and we can rely on our strict screening processes. We also don’t allow people who are unwell to donate blood. If a donor is diagnosed with coronavirus within 48 hours after donating blood we test the blood for coronavirus.


 Blood donor safety and eligibility

Do donors or staff need to wear face masks in the donor centres?

Following Victorian and New South Wales Government advice, and as an extra precaution:

  • Victorian donors and donor centre staff must wear face masks. 
  • NSW donor centre staff are required to wear face masks. Donors can wear masks if they wish to. 
  • Donors in other states and territories may wear a face mask if they choose. 

Donor centres aren’t medical care facilities and donors and staff members need to be healthy and well to donate or work, so we’re following the government guidelines for use. 

Australian Government advice states that in Australia the routine use of face masks in the community is currently not recommended while the rate of community transmission of COVID-19 is low.

See ‘Victoria’ and ‘New South Wales’ below for more information about donating in these states.

Can I wear a mask if I’m donating?

Yes. If you would like to, you can wear a face mask during the entire donation process. This can be a surgical mask or a cloth mask. However, masks aren’t required in donor centres anywhere but Victoria, where you are required to wear one. 

Why has Lifeblood’s advice on masks changed?

Australian Government advice states that in Australia the routine use of face masks in the community is currently not recommended while the rate of community transmission of COVID-19 is low. 

However, there is now a higher rate of community transmission of COVID-19 in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and the government advice for these areas and the rest of Victoria is to wear a face mask if physical distancing “can’t be guaranteed”. 

Also, the latest NSW Government public health advice requires all NSW health workers to wear a surgical mask if they are within 1.5m of a patient. Our staff need to be close to a donor when collecting their donation, although this is usually for only a few minutes. So, Lifeblood donor centre employees working in all our New South Wales donor centres are wearing masks.

The health and wellbeing of our staff and donors is our highest priority and we are providing masks to staff in all NSW and Victorian donor centres, donors in Victorian donor centres, and staff at our Melbourne Processing Centre.

What happens if there is a mask shortage again?

We do understand that masks have been in short supply and they are not recommended for routine use in the community when the rate of community transmission of COVID-19 is low. 

We expect that our use of face masks for donors and staff in Victoria and staff in New South Wales is temporary and will remain until the rate of community transmissions returns to low levels and the public health advice is updated. We’re working with suppliers to ensure that we have adequate stock to meet our requirements during this period.

There are only a couple of times in our process when a staff member needs to be very close to a donor and this is only for a short time. These include when we take the donor’s temperature and during the blood donation collection process. If necessary, we would prioritise the masks to staff performing those tasks.

Masks are needed in acute medical care facilities at all times during this pandemic to protect staff from COVID-19 and other viruses. It’s important for all of us to support our health workers so that they remain strong and healthy during this time. 

What steps are you taking to make your donor centres hygienic and safe? 

We want to reassure everyone that donor centres are safe to visit and it is still safe to give blood. Only healthy people are eligible to give blood with individual donors screened for any indication they may be unwell when they book to donate. Those who are sick are asked to wait until they are fully recovered before booking in. 

Our centres are strictly regulated spaces so we have always adhered to strict sanitation protocols including wearing gloves, wiping down surfaces after every donation and using single use sterile collection kits for every donation.

We have also implemented a range of other measures to protect our donors and teams including: 

  • 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
  • Wellness checks before entering the centre
Will I have to undergo any screening before going into the donor centre?

We currently carry out Wellness Checks in our donor centres to carefully evaluate whether donors are well enough to enter. 

Prior to checking in for your appointment you will be asked three questions about your well-being, recent travel, and if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 or in close contact with someone who has. If your responses are in line with our eligibility criteria, you will proceed to a non-contact temperature check. Donors with a fever will not be allowed to register for their donation. 

Can people who have returned from overseas donate?

In response to developments in Australia and overseas, we have introduced several new blood donation rules to ensure the safety of our donors and staff, including those who have recently returned from overseas. If you have returned from overseas you need to wait 28 days before donating. If you have any other questions, feel free to give our team a call on 13 14 95.

Can people who have been in close contact with individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 donate blood?

No. We have introduced a 28-day donation postponement for anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

If I feel unwell but haven’t been tested/confirmed as having COVID-19, can I donate blood?

Thank you for your interest in donating blood. We don’t accept donations from people who are feeling unwell. The health and safety of our donors is very important, so we ask that you take time to fully recover and give us a call on 13 14 95 when you are back to full health and we can get you booked in to donate.

You say someone needs to be ‘fit and well’ to donate. What defines ‘fit and well’?

All donors need to feel well to be eligible to donate blood. We also ask donors to complete a questionnaire which includes questions which aim to protect both the health and well-being of the donor and the patient who may receive their blood. 

How long after being diagnosed with COVID-19 can someone donate blood?

A donor may donate blood 28 days after they have made a full recovery from COVID-19. The 28 days begins on the first day once  you are completely symptom-free. 

I donated before the new 28-day travel postponement: do I need to contact you about my donation?

No. There are no confirmed reports of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world. The main purpose of the postponement is to help keep our donor centres safe and to reduce the chance of transmission to other donors and staff.

I’m a healthcare worker and have an increased risk of coming into contact with COVID-19. I feel ok, but should I avoid donating?

The main purpose of these new postponements is to help keep our donor centres safe and to reduce the chance of transmission to other donors and staff. If you have come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must wait 28 days before donating blood. Please note this postponement does not apply to people wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) who have been in close contact with a positive case during the course of their work such as health care workers. If you feel well and are otherwise eligible we would encourage you to continue to donate.

Do I need to be tested before donating blood?

No, you do not need to be tested, but you do need to feel well and healthy. If you’re feeling well, we’d love to see you in one of our donor centres soon. We have recently introduced several new blood donation rules to ensure the safety of the blood supply. If you’re unsure about your eligibility to donate, please call us on 13 14 95.


Convalescent plasma   

What is convalescent plasma?

Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood which contains your antibodies. Antibodies are proteins your body makes to help fight off a virus. When you recover, the antibodies stay in your blood as part of your immune system. Collecting convalescent plasma from a person who has recovered from COVID-19 may assist in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.

How could convalescent plasma be used to treat COVID-19? 

Convalescent plasma has been used in the past to help people fight off disease when there are no vaccines or treatments available. Doctors want to know if antibodies from someone who has recovered from COVID-19 could be used to help patients battling the same virus. The theory is that the plasma from survivors would boost the immunity of the patient helping them fight the disease by blocking or neutralising the effect of the virus. 

Why does Lifeblood want to do this? 

As Australia’s sole supplier of plasma, Lifeblood is in a unique position to help. We already have the expertise and equipment necessary to collect and supply convalescent plasma for clinical trials. 

There are currently no proven effective treatments or vaccines available for COVID-19. However, a recent study from China found the condition of several critically ill COVID-19 patients improved after receiving convalescent plasma infusions. We support exploring this further and we’re committed to collecting convalescent plasma for clinical trials.

Can I give convalescent plasma?

Convalescent plasma can only be donated by someone with a confirmed laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19, who has fully recovered from the virus and been symptom-free for at least 28 days. You’ll also need to meet Lifeblood’s standard eligibility criteria as the only different criteria for convalescent plasma donation is you must have had a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19. 

How do I donate it?

Donating convalescent plasma is just like giving plasma at any other time. You’ll need to be well hydrated and should drink three large glasses of water in the three hours before donating. Just like any other plasma donation, you’ll sit back in a comfy chair while blood is drawn into a machine, which separates it from the other blood products. The machine holds onto the plasma and returns the rest to you. It usually takes about 45 minutes, so you can read, catch up on your favourite TV shows or just enjoy some uninterrupted down time. You can give convalescent plasma at your nearest donor centre, just like a regular donation.

I have COVID-19 — how can I access convalescent plasma? 

You’ll need to speak with your doctor about treatment options. We don’t provide plasma or other blood products directly to patients and the release of convalescent plasma to hospitals is subject to approved criteria.

How can I make an appointment to donate convalescent plasma? 

You can call us on 13 14 95 and tell us you have recovered from COVID-19 and would like to donate plasma. It’s important to call so we can put a special code on your file. This code will tell our team to take extra samples. We can arrange this on the day if you book online, but letting us know you’re coming in to donate convalescent plasma before your donation will ensure a smooth process. 


Public health advice and donating blood

How do changes to restrictions on non-essential services, restriction of movement and age restrictions apply to Lifeblood?

With many restrictions easing across Australia, it is important to remember that blood donation remains absolutely vital and is exempt from any restrictions on movement. We are incredibly grateful to all our donors who have donated throughout the challenges of the last few months and urge you to continue doing so. 

Donating blood and plasma remains an essential activity and travel and venue restrictions do not prevent people from giving blood - we need you more than ever! There are still patients in hospital who need blood and are relying on people to continue making these generous donations. 

The only exception is our generous donors aged 70 and over who have been advised to stay at home and self-isolate for their own protection. We strongly encourage you to follow this advice. 

How is Lifeblood enforcing the Government’s restrictions, including having one person per four square metres?

Essential activities including health care settings are not included in the restriction, however we are implementing social distancing in all our centres and collection sites wherever possible to make sure donors are at least 1.5 metres away from other donors.

We strongly encourage our donors aged 70 and over who have been advised by Government to stay at home and self-isolate for their own protection to follow this advice. If you have an appointment and are aged 70 and above, we would recommend you cancel it while this advice remains in place.

Donors must be well and healthy to donate and we’ve also introduced a number of measures to protect donors and staff which you can read about in these FAQs. If you have any further questions, call us on 13 14 95. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation, but please don’t hesitate to speak with our staff when you arrive at the donor centre if you have any concerns. 

When will I be able to donate again?

These are uncertain times and we can’t say when this advice will be lifted. While it is not compulsory, it is in place to protect people. Our donors’ safety is our top priority and we encourage you to follow this advice to stay at home and self-isolate for your own protection. We look forward to welcoming you back into one of our centres again soon.

I'm over 70. Can I donate right now? 

It depends where you are in Australia. If you’re anywhere other than Victoria, absolutely! Read more about the maximum age for donation.

As for Victorians? While we love you (and your passion for giving life), we strongly encourage anyone over 70 years old to cancel or change your donation to a later date, even if you aren’t in metropolitan Melbourne. The Government advice is to stay at home and self-isolate for your own protection. If you do come into a Lifeblood donor centre, we won’t turn you away, but we recommend that you follow the advice to stay safe. 

I’m over 70 and still leaving home to work. Can I donate during my work day?

While this advice is not compulsory, we strongly encourage people to follow the Government’s advice and stay at home and self-isolate for their own protection – our donor’s safety is our highest priority.

We will not turn people away who have turned up to an appointment, but we would encourage them to look after themselves and cancel or reschedule their appointment while this advice remains in place.

Is there anything I can do to help if I can’t donate?

Yes! From the safety of your home, and while following this advice, you can encourage your friends and family to become blood donors. They can book an appointment online or call us on 13 14 95 - you can also tweet, Instagram or encourage them on Facebook. Thank you so much for helping to spread the word!


State changes to our donor centres

 

New South Wales

Do donors need to wear a mask when they donate at a NSW donor centre? 

No, if you’re a donor you’re not required to wear a mask at our NSW donor centres. However, you’re welcome to wear one if you’d like to.

The latest NSW Government public health advice requires all health workers to wear a surgical mask if they’re within 1.5m of a patient. Our staff need to be close to a donor when collecting their donation, although this is usually for only a few minutes. So, Lifeblood donor centre employees working in all our New South Wales donor centres are wearing masks.

Donors can wear surgical masks or cloth masks. If you are a donor and you pass our donor wellness check, but haven’t brought a face mask and wish to wear one, we’ll provide you with one.

Our donor centres are places of wellness, and we have implemented additional measures to ensure that remains the case during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is it still safe to donate given the rise in community transmission in NSW?

Yes. We have implemented additional measures to ensure that our donor centres remain places of wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff need to be close to the donor when collecting their blood donation, even if usually for only a few minutes, so all NSW donor centre staff will be wearing masks. 

If you’d like to wear a mask while you donate you can bring your own or we can provide you with one when you arrive at the donor centre. 

If you are able to donate blood to continue to support the one in three Australians who will need blood or a blood product during their life, please do. 

To help us with maintaining physical distancing in all our centres, please ensure you book your donation in advance and come alone. Thank you for your support!

Will masks be provided for NSW donors or should they supply their own?

If you would like to wear a face mask for your donation in NSW, that’s totally fine. If you can bring your own face mask, please do. It can be a surgical mask or a cloth mask.

If you wish to wear a face mask for your donation and don’t have one, we can provide you with one. 

All that being said, you don’t need to wear a mask to donate in NSW. Currently, only our donor centre staff are required to wear masks.

Do staff in the ACT (Garran and Civic) need to wear masks?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Lifeblood has always followed the direction of the State and Territory Public Health departments. The ACT government hasn’t given a direction that all ACT hospital and community health departments staff should wear masks, so there’s no need for our ACT staff to wear masks at this time. But, we’ll continue to monitor all State and Territory government advice.

Do Albury donors need to continue to wear masks?

Yes.  As Albury is so close to the Victorian border and community transmission is higher in Victoria, for the safety of our staff and donors we require all donors giving at Albury Donor Centre to wear a mask.

Victoria

Should donors from Victoria be wearing masks when they come in to donate?

Yes. We ask donors to follow government advice and to wear a face mask when they are in any of our Victorian donor centres. Lifeblood donor centre employees working in all our Victorian donor centres are also required to wear masks.

Our donor centres are places of wellness, and we have implemented additional measures to ensure that remains the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The government advice for these areas is to wear a face mask if physical distancing “can’t be guaranteed”. Our staff need to be close to a donor when collecting their donation, although this is usually for only a few minutes. 

Donors can wear surgical masks or cloth masks. If you are a donor, and you pass our donor wellness check, but haven’t brought a face mask we’ll provide you with one.

Will someone be allowed to donate in Victoria if they don’t want to wear a mask?

No. We will ask Victorian donors who refuse to wear a mask to postpone their appointment until after the rate of community transmission of COVID-19 reduces to low levels again and the public health advice is updated. We are closely guided by Federal and State/Territory public health guidelines which we carefully monitor. The government advice is to wear a face mask in Victoria if physical distancing “can’t be guaranteed”. Our staff need to be close to the donor when collecting their blood donation, even if usually only for a few minutes. 

Will you refuse entry to a donor centre for someone who refuses to wear a mask?

Yes, because the requirement to wear masks is for the safety of both our donors and our staff. We have implemented additional measures to ensure that remains the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government advice for people living in Victoria is to wear a face mask if physical distancing “can’t be guaranteed”. Our staff need to be close to the donor when collecting their blood donation, even if only for a few minutes. 

Can I donate if I have recently visited or live in Victoria or a Victorian lockdown area?

If you’re a Victorian resident donating in Victoria, yes, you can donate at any donor centre in Victoria. However, you need to follow public health advice about movement in and out of your local area.

If you are donating anywhere other than Victoria, you’re not able to donate if you have visited Victoria within the last 28 days. If you live in Victoria, you have a much greater chance of community acquired transmission of COVID-19 compared with other states. Anyone donating outside of Victoria will be asked whether they have travelled to Victoria in the last 28 days as part of the wellness check, and if they answer yes, they won’t be able to donate until 28 days from when they were last in Victoria.

Is it still safe to donate given community transmission in Victorian hotspots?

Yes. We have implemented additional measures to ensure that our donor centres remain places of wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now also asking donors living in Victoria to follow government advice and to wear a face mask when they attend a donor centre. The government advice for people living in Victoria is to wear a mask if physical distancing “can’t be guaranteed”. Our staff need to be close to the donor when collecting their blood donation, even if usually for only a few minutes. 

If you are able to donate blood to continue to support the one in three Australians who will need blood or a blood product during their life, please do. If you’d like to donate but don’t have a face mask we’ll provide you with one when you arrive at a donor centre.

To help us with maintaining physical distancing in all our centres, please ensure you book your donation in advance and come alone. Thank you for your support!

Will masks be provided for Victorian donors or should they supply their own? 

If you can bring your own face mask, please do. It can be a surgical mask or a cloth mask.

If you are going to donate and don’t have a face mask, we’ll provide you with one. 

Are your donor centres still open in the lockdown areas?

Yes. Our donor centres in the lockdown areas are still open. Donating blood is an essential service and our donor centres remain safe places for people to come in and donate. You must be feeling well to donate and must complete the temperature checks prior to entering the donor centres. We’ll also ask you to postpone your donation if you’re waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Can donors from lockdown areas continue to donate?

Yes. Providing you still meet our eligibility criteria we urge you keep your booking and continue to donate. Blood donation is an essential service.

For the more than 25 million people in Australia, Lifeblood provides an essential service when they’re in need of our life-giving and life-saving products. The need for blood, plasma, platelets, milk, transplantation and organ matching continues despite the outbreak.

Can donors in border towns still donate blood?

Yes, you should be able to. Blood donation is an essential service. If you live in a border town, like Albury-Wodonga, you should be able to give blood at a Lifeblood donor centre. We encourage you to check the NSW government website for more information about entry permits.

If you have any delays getting a permit and need to reschedule an upcoming donation you can do it online or by calling 13 14 95

Should donors from lockdown areas be wearing masks when they come in to donate?

Yes. Following Victorian Government advice and as an extra precaution, our donor centre staff in Melbourne’s lockdown areas began wearing face masks from 11 July.

We’ve also asked all our donors with appointments at one of our centres in these lockdown areas to bring a face mask to wear while donating. If they don’t have a face mask, we’ll provide them with one. 
It’s important to remember bookings are still essential so we can maintain social distancing in our centres.

The use of face masks is only in place for donor centres in the lockdown areas as advised by the government. We know the situation is constantly changing and we’ll continue to monitor and follow government advice. 

Currently, these donor centres are: Airport West, Bundoora, Melbourne CBD, Caulfield, Frankston, Werribee, Mt Waverley, Ringwood, and Melbourne Pop-Up Donor Centre.
Remember, donors and staff need to be healthy and well to donate or work.
We don’t accept donors that have had close contact with a confirmed infectious case or people awaiting a COVID-19 test result in the lockdown areas.

We’ve implemented additional precautions including physical distancing so any close contact with our staff or other donors is minimal and low risk.  

I live in a lockdown postcode. Can I donate outside the lockdown area?

Donors who live in the lockdown areas cannot donate at a donor centre outside the lockdown area. 
We are implementing an additional pre-donation wellness check question in all Victorian donor centres that are not in a hotspot in order to identify people who live within a locked down area. If the donor does reside in a locked down area, we will advise the donor they are currently only able to donate at a donor centres located within the hotspot area.

Can I still donate blood during Stage 3 and 4 restrictions in Victoria?

Yes. Donating blood is an essential act of care-giving. Our Victorian donor centres remain open and are safe for donors to come in and donate. 

Donating blood is specified under “Leaving premises for care or other compassionate reasons” Clause 7(1)(h) of the Stay at Home Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 7) Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic): “A person who ordinarily resides in the Restricted Area may leave the premises: to donate blood.”

You can read more at the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website.

My closest donor centre is more than 5km away from where I live. Can I travel more than 5km to donate? 

Yes. Donating blood is an essential act of care-giving, which means it’s exempt from the 5km travel limit.

If you’re a donor, to avoid travelling further than necessary, please aim to book and donate at your nearest donor centre. When travelling to and from your donation make sure you have evidence of your appointment time and location with you to show police if they request it. This can be a confirmation email, SMS, app message or letter we’ve sent you.

To ensure you’re able to donate, please pre-book your appointment online or by calling 13 14 95.

What if my donation means I am travelling after 8pm in Melbourne? Can I be out of home beyond the curfew hours?

Yes. Donating blood is an essential act of care-giving, which means it is exempt from the 8pm curfew. 

You’ll need to travel home immediately afterwards and be prepared to show evidence of your donation appointment if requested by police. This can be a confirmation email, SMS, app message or letter we’ve sent you.

Queensland

Why are the Cairns and Mackay donor centres now only collecting plasma?

Blood has a short shelf-life, and it must be tested, processed and stored within strict timeframes. The reduction in air services from Far North and North Queensland to Brisbane, where our nearest processing centre is located, means these strict timeframes may not be able to be met.

Switching to plasma only collections, which are not affected by the same strict timeframes, provides us with greater flexibility to transport donated plasma to Brisbane and ensures that Australian patients are still getting the life-saving plasma medicines they require. 

How long will Cairns and Mackay donor centres be plasma-only donor centres?

The move to plasma-only collections in Cairns and Mackay will continue while there are interruptions to reliable air transport services.

Are plasma donations as important as whole blood donations?

Absolutely. Plasma is full of important proteins and nutrients, which protect us against invaders and help our blood to clot. These proteins and nutrients are used to support patients when they’re at their most vulnerable. Plasma can be the last line of defence in the treatment of many serious medical conditions. You can read more about plasma here.

Will blood still be available to North Queenslanders in an emergency?

Yes, we are a national blood service and there will be no disruption to the availability of blood due to these changes. North and Far North Queensland patients will continue to receive all the blood and blood products they need.

Tasmania

Why are you only collecting plasma in Tasmania on Fridays and Saturdays?

Our Tasmanian donor centres have temporarily moved to plasma only donations on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Blood has a short shelf-life, and it must be tested, processed and stored within strict timeframes. The reduction in air services at the end of the week from Tasmania to Melbourne, where our nearest processing centre is located, is making this increasingly difficult.

Temporarily switching to plasma only collections, which are not affected by the same strict timeframes, provides us with greater flexibility to transport donated plasma to Melbourne and means we can still collect donations from generous Tasmanians on these days.  

But don’t worry, we’re still collecting blood donations Monday to Thursday at all our centres; this temporary change only applies to Fridays and Saturdays. 

How long will Tasmanian donor centres be collecting plasma-only on Fridays and Saturdays?

Friday and Saturday plasma-only collections in Tasmania will continue while there are interruptions to reliable air transport services.

Are plasma donations as important as whole blood donations?

Absolutely. Plasma is full of important proteins and nutrients, which protect us against invaders and help our blood to clot. These proteins and nutrients are used to support patients when they’re at their most vulnerable. Plasma can be the last line of defence in the treatment of many serious medical conditions. You can read more about plasma here.

Will blood still be available to Tasmanians in an emergency?

Yes, we are a national blood service and there will be no disruption to the availability of blood due to these changes. Tasmanian patients will continue to receive all the blood and blood products they need.

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