THE Red Cross Donormobile is in town this month, so why not give blood. It can make a critical contribution to 22 different medical treatments and positively impact countless lives. Just one blood donation can potentially save as many as three lives.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the state’s blood stocks were low. She invited everyone to roll up their sleeves and give blood at their local donor centre or Red Cross mobile blood service van.
“I would urge everyone who can give blood to reach out to their local donor centre and make a booking,” Dr Young said.
“Donated blood can only be stored for 42 days and we need tens of thousands of donations every week, so it’s vital we give blood regularly.”
It doesn’t matter what type of blood donation a person makes – blood, plasma, platelets – as it can all be donated just one week after having the COVID-19 vaccination.
“After you get the jab, go online and check your eligibility to give blood then simply make an appointment. It’s a very easy experience from start to finish, plus it doesn’t cost a thing except an hour of your time,” Dr Young said.
The Red Cross Donormobile will be in the district from September 20-24. It will be at the Maleny Showground on Monday from 7am-2pm and Tuesday from 11.30am-6pm. It will then travel to Beerwah, in Simpson Street near Shell Service Station, on Wednesday from 10.30am-3.30pm, Thursday from 11.30am-6pm and Friday from 7am-1pm.
Blood can be donated every 12 weeks. To book your appointment call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au