Ur­gent need for blood

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

DO­NA­TIONS at the Red Cross Blood Ser­vice in Can­ning­ton have been cur­tailed by the flu and the cen­tre is des­per­ate for new donors.

Blood ser­vice spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said as many as 900 donors called to can­cel their blood do­na­tion ap­point­ment ev­ery week through­out Aus­tralia be­cause of cold and flu symp­toms.

She said this had re­duced win­ter sup­plies.

“If you’re feel­ing well and healthy, you may be el­i­gi­ble to give blood,” she said.

“One in three of us will need it in our life­time, and the need for blood never takes a break, even if our reg­u­lar donors need to.

“Pa­tients fight­ing can­cer, in­fec­tions and blood dis­eases are re­ly­ing on do­nated blood to keep them healthy through­out win­ter.

“It only takes one hour to do­nate blood and help to save lives.”

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