Gift of blood needed now
CHRISTMAS might be over, but Ipswich residents still have the chance to give the community a gift that is desperately needed – their blood.
With a large portion of regular donors on holiday, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is in dire need of blood supplies.
The service’s blood donor mobile spent its last two days ever at the city Coles car park this week, with all collections in Ipswich to now be taken at the Ipswich Blood Donor Centre at Riverlink.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service community relations officer Angela Monteagle said about 50 blood donations a day were needed to keep up with demand.
At its busiest, the service is only getting up to 35 a day.
“Most people don’t know that 34 per cent of donations go to cancer patients,” Ms Monteagle said.
“January is a bad month – people are still away and a lot of regular donors are on holiday.
“It’s really important we have infrequent or new donors come in and give blood.”
She said blood platelets, which they can derive from a blood donation, are essential for a lot of patients in hospitals.
The problem is platelets only last five days, and coming into long weekends like Christmas and this New Year’s break, supplies are drastically short.
Luckily for Ipswich residents looking to donate, the Ipswich Blood Donor Centre at Riverlink is open Tuesday to Saturday.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays it is open from 12.30pm to 7pm, while Wednesday, Friday and Saturday it is open from 7.30am to 1.30pm.
For more information phone 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.