Lee Harley (left) and centre manager Leanne Latham looking forward to the opening of the Red Cross Blood bank in Lismore. Jay Cronan
Lee Harley (left) and centre manager Leanne Latham looking forward to the opening of the Red Cross Blood bank in Lismore. Jay Cronan

New blood bank makes giving easy

WHILE you might be thinking giving blood is a bit of a drain on your day, at the new blood bank in Lismore it is more likely you'll be asking when you can come back.

The Red Cross Blood Bank's new premises in Bounty Street, which opens today, is purpose-designed so the flow from one step to the next is easy.

The new, modern centre features four interview rooms and 10 donor lounges to help with the growing need for donors.

The Lismore facility is the biggest donor centre in Northern NSW and has 3500 active blooddonors and 800 active plasmadonors.

But it's not the brand new lounges that are going to attract the donors, said Lee Harley, community relations officer for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in Lismore.

“It's the flashest building in town – people are going to want to hang out here,” she said. “The cafe-style refreshment area is def-initely going to be a drawcard.”

The “cafe” offers muffins, raisin toast, milkshakes, tea and coffee for people recovering after donating.

“It will make the experience more enjoyable,” donor centre manager Leanne Latham said.

Another feature of the building that is a motivator for donors are the larger-than-life photos of blood recipients from the surrounding area.

While some recipients require a one-off donation, others require blood on a regular basis.

As new uses are found for blood and its products, the need for donors is expected to double in the next 10 years.

The new building opens today, just in time for World Blood Donor Day, which is aimed at recognising those who make the contribution that saves other people's lives.

For more information or to make an appointment contact 131 495 or go to www.donateblood.com.au.



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