Platelets in high demand
ON NEW Year’s Eve many of us would settle in with a drink to celebrate – but for many people who are critically ill, the only pint they’re wishing for is a blood transfusion.
The Red Cross Blood Service is urging Queenslanders to “pay forward a pint” by donating blood – donors are still needed across the state to secure enough platelets.
Platelets are a vital blood component used mainly by cancer patients. Their short shelf life means donors are needed every day.
Linda Lester gave her 150th donation at the Red Cross Blood Donor Centre. She, her husband and her daughter Tina Wessel have been donating since 1987.
“It feels good to donate because you know it’s being used for so many different things and helping many different people,” Linda said.
She now donates plasma 13 times a year.
Plasma can be used for a variety of purposes, from chickenpox and tetanus vaccines to treating patients with brain disorders.
“The staff makes it very easy, they look after us,” said Tina, who gave her 59th donation.
Donations are still critical in the new year and the blood service is urging donors to book in and donate during the festive season.
To make an appointment call 13 14 95.
SLEEVES UP: Martin Kelly reassures Rachael Middleton as she gives blood as part of the Red Cross Blood donation drive.
GIVE BLOOD: Linda Lester and her daughter Tina Wessel have a combined total of 209 donations. Registered nurse Lisa Charlesworth assists with Tina’s 59th donation.