Need high for Bunbury blood over festive period

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Bruce Master donates blood as Bunbury Blood Donor Centre's Jane Grey watches on.
Camera IconBruce Master donates blood as Bunbury Blood Donor Centre's Jane Grey watches on. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

Bunbury Blood Donor Centre is in need of more than 100 extra donors over the Christmas period.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said donating blood over Christmas would be the most important Secret Santa gift a donor could give.

“If Secret Santa is about giving anonymous gifts, then blood donation really is Australia’s ultimate Secret Santa exchange,” she said.

“Blood will be needed by road accident patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and even premature babies every day this Christmas and New Year’s.

“At Bunbury our appointments are less than half full between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so we need more donors to book in and donate, especially New Year’s Eve when just seven people have made appointments.”

Bunbury’s centre is closed on public holidays but will otherwise operate as normal over the Christmas period.

The busy period means it is hard for regular donors to find time to give blood while others will be away enjoying holidays.

Almost half of Bunbury’s appointments remain open between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Ms Willet said stocks of platelets, a blood component vital to the treatment of cancer patients, were particularly at risk during the Christmas period.

“It takes four blood donations to make just one bag of platelets for patients and they only last for five days,” she said.

To make an appointment to give blood call 131 495 or visit donateblood.com.au.

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