Extra blood donors needed this month

NORTHERN Rivers blood donors are desperately needed this month because preparations for World Youth Day will restrict access to one of Sydney's largest donor centres.

With Sydney hosting the largest youth event in the world from July 15-20, road closures and access restrictions within the CBD will have a significant impact on blood collections.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is urging regional communities throughout NSW, including residents of Lismore, to give blood during this crucial time to make up for the loss.

Lismore Donor Centre, opposite the Base Hospital in Uralba Street, can take more than 150 whole blood donations and 70 plasma donations every week, and if appointment books are full regional donors can help other North Coast and Sydney hospitals.

Donor centre manager for Lismore, Leanne Latham, is urging the local community to give blood this month to help boost the national supply.

“Lismore and district donors are extremely supportive, however now is the time for those people who've thought about giving blood to make an appointment,” she said.

“Every blood donation has the potential to help save three lives.”

Ms Latham said the Lismore donor centre will be offering an extra session in response to the World Youth Day where locals are encouraged to make an appointment or just pop in.

Blood, and blood products, are used every day to help treat cancer patients, people suffering heart, stomach and bowel diseases, and treatment for trauma and accident victims.

Almost anyone between 16 and 70, who weighs more than 45 kg and is in reasonably good health is a potential donor. Call 13 14 95 for more info.

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