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Blood bank needs to keep it flowing

LISMORE Blood Bank has coped well over the Christmas break, thanks to a devoted band of regular donors.

But marketing co-ordinator Lee Harley said the month of January proved a difficult time to keep blood supplies flowing.

“This time of year our regular donors are away on holidays. From next week our bookings are down and we will need people of all blood types to step up.”

For the first time, Lismore Blood Bank will take a mobile donor service to Evans Head, setting up in the RSL Club next Tuesday from 2.30-6.30pm, and again on Wednesday from 10am-2pm.

Ms Harley said other mobile donor services covered from Tweed Heads to Yamba, while the Lismore Blood Bank operated from its home across the road from Lismore Base Hospital.

“We are especially keen to hear from people who would like to donate plasma,” she said.

“This year, the national year of the blood donor, it is forecast that demand for plasma will rise. It is used for 13 blood products and we need to increase our number of plasma donors to meet demand.”

To donate blood you must be over 16 and under 70, you must not have had a tattoo in the past 12 months, be in good health with no coughs or colds. You cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding and you can't be on antibiotics.

For information phone 131495 or go to www.donateblood.com.au



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