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Red Cross puts out blood SOS

SEEKING YOUR DONATION: Help the Ipswich Blood Donor Centre stock up on much needed blood donations.
SEEKING YOUR DONATION: Help the Ipswich Blood Donor Centre stock up on much needed blood donations.

IPSWICH people have been called on to their bit to boost blood donations, following a sudden spike in demand.

The Red Cross has activated what it calls its "Blood Signal" - a digital appeal for donations - for the first time in two years.

Blood donations are running low across all major blood groups, particularly O Negative and O Positive, which only have a few days' supply left each.

Red Cross Blood Service spokeswoman Amy McDowell said the two blood types that were most needed were also the most common.

"The problem is that up to 1000 donors a week are cancelling their donations due to cold and flu symptoms and, to make matters worse, we've had a recent spike in demand for blood," Ms McDowell said.

She said the organisation would activate its Blood Signal on social media.

"The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre requires an additional 641 blood donations over the next six weeks to meet current patient needs," she said.

"Every donation you make or help encourage can help save three lives, including those of cancer patients, unborn babies, mothers giving birth, road trauma victims, burns victims, and people who need kidney dialysis."

To make an appointment to give blood, phone 13 14 95 or visit www. donateblood.com.au.

Topics:  blood donations, red cross


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