New blood donors needed as Queensland appointments fall short
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is calling for new blood donors to step up, with an additional 5,000 appointments to fill in Queensland over the next two weeks.
Lifeblood spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh said patients are counting on Queenslanders to ensure they receive the blood and blood products they need.
“Appointment numbers fluctuate and here in Queensland, we have an over 5,000 to fill in the next fortnight, with over 1,500 of these needed in Brisbane” she said.
“We do know elective surgery is on the increase Australia-wide, demand has increased in Queensland, and there are 800 fewer new donors in Queensland now than this time last year.”
“While we love seeing our regular faces, we need new donors to start rolling up their sleeves.
“The number of people giving blood for the first time is 25% lower in Queensland than a year ago.
”If you haven’t donated for a while, we would love to see you again. And if you have never donated before, now is a great time to start. Blood donation is a wonderful way to give back to your community.”
“The need for blood never stops and we need all blood types, every single day for surgery, cancer patients, trauma cases, blood disorders and obstetrics.”
One in three Australians will need blood or blood products in their lifetime, but only one in 30 donates.
Donating blood only takes an hour of your time and you’ll be helping to save three lives.
To book a donation please visit lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the Donate Blood App.