Plea for blood with double the number of donors needed

THE Gladstone Blood Donor Centre is urging residents to give blood over Easter, as the number of donors booked in for that period is only half of what is needed.

With the centre closed on for two days over Anzac day and Good Friday, the centre has to collect its weekly target in a shorter time period.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service community relations officer Barry Lynch said when you factor in the number of people who go on holiday over the long weekends the centre tends to struggle to make up numbers.

The need for donations however doesn't waver.

"Around the Easter period we've got Anzac Day which makes it that much more difficult," he said. "At the moment for example on Easter Monday we are looking for a minimum of 20 donations, but we've only got 10 booked in.

"On Thursday before, the 17th, we are looking for about 40 donations but we've only got 20 donations.

"We have regular donors who come in every two weeks which is fantastic, but those people go away and take advantage of the long weekend.

"So anybody who is staying over the long weekend, if they can come in and donate that would be fantastic."

This week the Gladstone Blood Centre needs 205 donations.

Mr Lynch said anyone between the ages of 16 and 70 who is fit and healthy can donate blood.

Contact the Gladstone Blood Centre on 13 14 95.

GIVE BLOOD:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat some salty foods in the 12 hours before to help maintain blood volume
  • Bring identification to your appointment
  • Staff will interview you before donating to make sure it is safe
  • Giving blood takes 5 to 10 minutes but allow an hour from when you arrive and leave
  • After donating drink plenty of water, and avoid strenuous exercise and avoid getting overheated


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