Urgent call for blood donors

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An extra 200 people are needed to donate blood in Penrith this Easter to boost blood supplies for cancer and trauma patients.

Platelets, a vital clotting agent in blood, are needed to treat patients undergoing chemotherapy and to combat life-threatening bleeding from road trauma and other emergency situations.

The hunt is on for donors between Thursday, March 29 and Monday, April 3, with blood donors in short supply before, during and after the holiday.

Blood Service spokesperson Jemma Falkenmire said the need for blood doesn’t take a holiday.

“One blood product, platelets, only lasts for five days – not much longer than a hot cross bun – so we need a constant supply,” she said.

“Around Easter many regular blood donors are away, which means blood supplies can dip if we don’t have enough good eggs to fill the gap.

“In particular, more donors are needed at Penrith Donor Centre on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday.”

Miss Falkenmire encouraged new donors to be among those who respond to the call for blood this Easter.

“One in three people will need blood in their lifetime, yet currently only one in 30 donates,” she said.

“Donating blood has never been easier; donors can now manage their appointments online, track their donation history and even view their health statistics.

“Your lifesaving donation could help someone spend another Easter holiday with family and friends, and all it costs is an hour of time.”

Call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au and make an appointment to donate.

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