Call for Easter blood do­na­tions

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

AN ex­tra 110 peo­ple are needed to do­nate blood in Mid­land this Easter to boost blood sup­plies for cancer and trauma pa­tients.

Platelets, a vi­tal clot­ting agent in blood, are needed to treat pa­tients un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy and to com­bat life-threat­en­ing bleed­ing from road trauma and other emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

The hunt is on for donors in the next two weeks, with blood donors in short sup­ply be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the hol­i­day.

Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said the need for blood did not take a break.

“One blood prod­uct, platelets, only lasts for five days – not much longer than a hot cross bun, so we need a con­stant sup­ply,” she said.

“Around Easter many reg­u­lar blood donors are away, which means blood sup­plies can dip if we don’t have enough good eggs to fill the gap. In par­tic­u­lar, more donors are needed at Mid­land Blood Donor Cen­tre on Easter Mon­day, as cur­rently just three donors are booked in to do­nate.”

Call 13 14 95 or visit do­nate­blood.com.au to make an ap­point­ment.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d480691

Reg­is­tered nurse Re­becca Spence at the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Donor Cen­tre in Mid­land, which is in dire need of blood donors.

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