Donor cen­tre fills gaps

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

THE Red Cross Blood Ser­vice hopes the open­ing of the new Perth CBD Blood Donor Cen­tre will help fill some of WA’s 2600 empty ap­point­ments over the next two weeks.

The new donor cen­tre of­fi­cially opened last week, at a time of sea­sonal and se­ri­ous need for the Blood Ser­vice.

Spokes­woman Jessica Wil­let said the open­ing came in the nick of time to help com­bat the cold and flu sea­son.

“With so many peo­ple can­celling ap­point­ments ev­ery week due to ill­ness, we need to fill as many of the empty ap­point­ments as pos­si­ble to en­sure we have enough blood for pa­tients in need,” Ms Wil­let said.

Up to 93,000 lives will be saved ev­ery year with the blood do­nated at the new cen­tre.

Ms Wil­let said with its more cen­tral lo­ca­tion and state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, there was never a bet­ter time for peo­ple to roll up their sleeves.

“The Perth CBD Blood Donor Cen­tre will col­lect 31,000 do­na­tions over the next 12 months, and ev­ery do­na­tion helps to save as many as three lives,” she said.

“An hour of your time can mean a life­time to a young child, mother, grand­fa­ther or neigh­bour in need.”

The new cen­tre is lo­cated at Level 1, 140 Wil­liam Street, Perth, hav­ing moved from 290 Welling­ton Street. Another new donor cen­tre lo­cated in Mid­land will also open in 2015.

To make an ap­point­ment or for more in­for­ma­tion visit do­nate­blood.com.au or call 13 14 95.

The face of the new Perth CBD Blood Donor Cen­tre Zewe Kanangu (sec­ond left), who needs monthly red cell trans­fu­sions, with some of the donor cen­tre’s staff.

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