Platelets in high de­mand

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN141215BLOOD4

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.

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