New blood donor fa­cil­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

BLOOD donors will soon be rolling up their sleeves in a brand-new fa­cil­ity fol­low­ing the re­lo­ca­tion of the Can­ning­ton Blood Donor Cen­tre.

Later this year, the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice will open a new $2.4 mil­lion state-ofthe-art cen­tre at 1296 Al­bany High­way, just five min­utes up the road from the ex­ist­ing cen­tre at West­field Carousel.

Donor ser­vices man­ager Mary Haughton said the ex­ist­ing cen­tre was due for an up­grade.

“Can­ning­ton is one of our busiest cen­tres, and due to the steady in­crease in donors rolling up their sleeves over the past few years, we have out­grown our cur­rent premises,” she said.

“At three times the size of our ex­ist­ing cen­tre, our new fa­cil­ity will be more spa­cious and will boast larger do­na­tion and re­fresh­ment ar­eas to make our donors’ blood do­na­tion ex­pe­ri­ence more en­joy­able.

“It will also have the ca­pac­ity to ex­pand fur­ther in the fu­ture as de­mand for blood and blood prod­ucts changes.

“We will still be lo­cated along Al­bany High­way, but will be in a smaller and slightly qui­eter com­plex, mak­ing it eas­ier to ac­cess for our donors.

“There will also be plenty of ded­i­cated donor park­ing on our doorstep.”

Im­por­tant changes to the na­tion’s blood col­lec­tion net­work are help­ing to cre­ate a more sta­ble blood sup­ply for the one in three Aus­tralians who will need do­nated blood or blood prod­ucts in their life­time.

The Blood Ser­vice col­lects 25,000 do­na­tions a week across Aus­tralia.

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