Blood sup­plies run low


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AN ex­tra 80 peo­ple are needed to do­nate blood in Rock­ing­ham 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 does not take a break.

“One blood prod­uct, platelets, lasts for only 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 Rock­ing­ham Blood Donor Cen­tre on Easter Mon­day, as cur­rently just eight donors are booked in to do­nate.”

Ms Wil­let en­cour­aged new donors to be among those who re­spond to the call for blood this Easter.

“One in three peo­ple will need blood in their life­time, yet cur­rently only one in 30 do­nates,” she said.

“Do­nat­ing blood has never been eas­ier; donors can now man­age their ap­point­ments on­line, track their do­na­tion his­tory and even view their health statis­tics.­mu­ni­ d480739

“Your life­sav­ing do­na­tion could help some­one spend an­other Easter hol­i­day with fam­ily and friends, and all it costs is an hour of time.”

Donors wish­ing to help pa­tients this Easter should call 13 14 95 or visit­nate­ and make an ap­point­ment to at­tend a cen­tre.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Regis­tered nurses Melanie Ko and Sudesh Ram­partab with blood donor Bianca Knight, of Baldivis.

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