Nepean area needs 360 blood donors now

Because of COVID-19, some blood donors are not turning up or cancelling, leaving Australian Red Cross Lifeblood to make an urgent appeal this week for 16,000 additional people to give blood or plasma during the next fortnight.

Gift of life: Donors desperately needed in Nepean region.

Gift of life: Donors desperately needed in Nepean region.

All blood and plasma types are needed, but in particular, Lifebloods supplies of O+ and A+ blood have now dropped to two days supply, meaning stocks of Australias two most common blood types are under real pressure.

In Western Sydney Donor Centres at the Parramatta Donor Centre 22 Oak Street, Rosehill - https://www.donateblood.com.au/blood-donor-centre/parramatta-donor-centre 320 donors are needed. And at the Nepean Donor Centre Unit 9, 69 York Rd, Jamisontown https://www.donateblood.com.au/blood-donor-centre/nepean-donor-centre 360 donors are needed.

As the nation continues to respond to the pandemic, Lifeblood is seeing fewer donors making appointments and 1,200 donors cancelling or not turning up to their donations every day.

Lifeblood Executive Director Cath Stone said 31,000 donations are needed every week across Australia to help patients in times of trauma, major surgery, cancer treatment, pregnancy and a host of other situations.

As restrictions return in SA, and are eased in other parts of the country, its essential that blood and plasma donations continue, Ms Stone said.We saw the absolute best of the community throughout the pandemic with donors continuing to come in, however, this recent trend of decreasing appointments and increasing cancellations is concerning.

Around 71 per cent of the Australian population has an O+ or A+ blood type, which means these are also the most commonly used for patients in need.

We want to thank everyone who has continued to step up and donate during COVID-19. However, the need for blood and blood products never stops so we urge those who can to make blood or plasma donation part of their new normal.

Even if you dont know what blood type you have, we still need you we need all blood types every day.

Blood donation is essential. Our donor centres are safe to visit, with strict social distancing, cleaning and donor eligibility measures still in place. Only healthy people are eligible to give blood and we have introduced even more stringent wellness checks prior to appointments, including temperature checking, she said.

New and existing donors are welcome. To book a blood or plasma donation visit lifeblood.com.au, call 13 14 95 or download the Donate Blood app.