Penrith is one of 10 donor centres across New South Wales being called on to help meet the growing demand for blood plasma.
The Nepean Blood Donor Centre needs 1000 people to donate plasma this November, to help thousands of Australians enjoy an improved quality of life.
Plasma can be used in 18 different life-giving ways, and with demand for this powerful component of blood growing rapidly every year, donations are always needed.
Each donation helps treat people suffering serious burns or cancer, protects people with brain or blood disorders, and helps pregnant mothers have healthy babies.
Blood Service spokesperson, Ronny Maroun, said donating plasma is a lot like giving blood.
“Donating plasma is simple. Just sit back and relax on a comfy couch for 45 minutes while you donate,” he said.
“The whole appointment takes 1.5 hours, and you can donate as often as every two weeks.”
Continuous improvements in the detection of some health conditions, an aging population and the high standard of care in Australia are thought to be behind Australia’s rapid growth in plasma demand.
“Plasma is a versatile part of your blood that can help many Australians,” Mr Maroun said.
To make an appointment, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.