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URGENT CALL FOR BLOOD (75 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-October-2006  11:09:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service said today it is in urgent need of donors to come forward with less than 36 hours supply remaining nationally.

"We have half a million donors who support the 6 million Australians who have been, or will be, hospitalised this year," the National Operations Manager of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Dr Pip Hetzel, said.

"This time last year we needed 20,000 donations each week to maintain an adequate blood supply. This year, we're needing 21,000 donations every week to meet hospital needs.

"That 5% may not sound like much but it is.

"There's no substitute for blood. If people with cancer, heart disease, kidney and bowel disease, premature babies and accident victims are going to live, they need blood to survive."

"Quite simply, Australia isn't meeting the needs of Australians at the moment," she said.

She said that people requiring chemotherapy are particularly at risk, unless donors come forward urgently, as 30% of all blood donations go to people with cancer.

"Blood donation is one of the simplest ways to give something back to the community," Dr Hetzel said.

To make an appointment to give blood, or to find out more, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.

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