Long-time blood donor Wayne McCamley of Crossdale and Ipswich Blood Donor Clinic Riverlink nurse Bethany Patton.
Long-time blood donor Wayne McCamley of Crossdale and Ipswich Blood Donor Clinic Riverlink nurse Bethany Patton. David Nielsen

Give blood, save lives

THE Ipswich Blood Donor Centre needs your help.

Blood supplies in Queensland have dropped to critical levels and Ipswich donors are being urged to help fill the 200 appointment vacancies in the next two weeks.

Blood Service community relations officer Danielle English said stocks had been declining since February and donors were now needed urgently.

"We need to bolster blood stocks now, and we can't do that without community support. We need people's help," she said.

"Every blood donation saves three lives and the life you save might be that of someone you love."

Across Queensland blood supply levels are at only 1.5 days making it the lowest in Australia.

All blood types are needed and Ms English said too often people had misconceptions about who could and could not donate.

"There is a lot of wrong information out there about who can and cannot donate blood," Ms English said.

"People with tattoos for example can donate after six months."

Blood donations often reduce during the winter months making it a critical time.

Ms English said despite education and promotion of the importance of giving blood, donation rates remained low at only one in every 30 Australians.

"Our Ipswich centre is nearly two years old and I think a lot of people still don't know we are here," she said.

Esk resident Wayne McCamley was quick to answer the call after hearing of the Red Cross's desperate need for donors.

"Everyone is always hard-pressed for time, but it's really important we donate," Mr McCamley said.

"I have O-negative, so it's universal."

"So I just dropped in while I was shopping, it only takes 20 minutes."

The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is at Riverlink Shopping Centre, for more information visit: www.donateblood.com.au.



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