3,200 blood donors needed now

3,200 blood donors needed now

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is calling on at least 3,200 people, especially those with O+, O-, A+ and A- blood types, to roll up their sleeves and give blood before Monday.

The head of Lifeblood’s donor centre network, Cath Stone, said this year’s holiday season had been like no other as the number of appointments not being attended reached record highs.

“Donor numbers have plummeted due to a perfect storm of people waiting on COVID-19 test results or quarantining, many being away with the reopening of borders, and donors wanting to spend more time with family and friends.

“More than half of all appointments are not being attended, which means we need more donors to roll up their sleeves and take the place of those who can’t donate,” Cath said.

She said it was critically important that people donate blood between now and the new year, with donor centres open every day.

“In particular we are looking for people with O and A blood types to donate blood. These blood groups make up nearly 90 per cent of patients in hospital and we need donors of these blood types to donate this week to maintain our supply.

“With one in three of us needing donated blood in our lifetime, the life you save could be that of a friend or family member.”

She said maintaining supplies during the festive period was always a seasonal challenge for Lifeblood, but the nation’s largest blood donor centres in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne were being particularly affected this season.

“We know that current circumstances can make it difficult for people to give blood, with donors who are waiting on COVID-19 test results or quarantining unable to donate. Right now, we need others – in this case people with O and A blood types – to take the place of those who can’t donate.”

Please urgently come and donate blood now if you can. To book a donation call 13 14 95 or self-serve online

 

Blood donors needed nationally by blood type

O+

O-

A+

A-

1,500

650

1,100

250

 

Blood donors needed by state or territory

ACT 180
NSW 1,000
NT Booked
QLD 1,000
SA 200
TAS 25
VIC 500
WA 300

 

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