‘We want blood’
MORE than 300 blood donations are desperately needed from willing Ipswich donors over the next three weeks to help save the lives of Queenslanders with cancer and other serious health problems.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service said appointments had dropped off in the lead up to winter.
Blood Service spokeswoman Belinda Smetioukh said it was concerning, given that 314 donations were needed in Ipswich alone, along with almost 5000 across Queensland.
"Right now we need people to make an appointment to donate blood within the next three weeks," she said.
"We are calling on anyone who hasn't donated for a while, to make an appointment; particularly donors with the blood types O and A."
While the statistics show that one in three Australians will need donated blood at some point in their lives, only one in 30 Australians actually donate blood.
Ms Smetioukh said the Blood Service wanted people who may not have donated for some time to start donating again, and those who have never donated to give it a try.
"Every blood donation can save three lives," she said.
"We are currently meeting the needs of patients, but we are concerned about the future if we can't fill these appointments."
To donate call the Blood Service on 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.
The Ipswich Blood Donor Centre is located at Level 1, Riverlink Medical Centre (opposite Kmart Tyre and Auto), Lowry St, North Ipswich
Blood Donor Centre opening hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12.30-7pm
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 7.30am-1.30pm
Open Monday, June 10, (Queen's Birthday) 7.30am-1.30pm