It's just a little prick

IT'S time for the Gladstone region to get stabbed.

By a needle, that is.

A spike in demand has left Queensland with just two days' supply of O and A blood types, prompting a call for Gladstone locals to roll up their sleeves and donate.

Sharon Stephan has been donating for 20-odd years and today marked her 105th donation.

"I think it's very important," she said.

"Everyone should do it. You just might need someone else's blood one day, you never know."

On they very next chair sat Bob Carlos, who was halfway through his 130th donation.

"I had a blood donation when I was two months old. I wouldn't be here without it," he said.

"I'm just giving back."

Mr Carlos not only donates his blood, but also his plasma and platelets.

"I just can't make a decision," he joked.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service community relations officer Katie Woodrow is urging people to give blood now to help save lives.

"One in three of us will need blood in our lifetime yet only one in 30 of us actually gives blood," Ms Woodrow said.

"We are urging Queenslanders to roll up their sleeves and give blood, knowing that every donation will help save three lives."

Blood donations are used to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, such as cancer and blood disease, anaemia, surgical patients and trauma.

Ms Woodrow said Australia needed 27,000 donations a week to meet demand, and encouraged Gladstone to do their bit in making up the numbers.

"Giving blood only takes about an hour of your time and is one of the easiest ways to give back to the community," she said.

The Gladstone Blood Donor Centre will be open for extra collection sessions in September to help boost blood stocks; including Fridays and Saturday September 10 from 9:30 - 11:30am.

To donate, contact the Australian Red Cross Blood Service today on 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.

 

Are you eligible?

You can donate blood if you:

  • Are fit, healthy and not suffering from an illness at the time of donating or 7 days beforehand.
  • Are aged between 16-70 years, although in QLD 16-17 years olds need parental consent.
  • Weigh more than 45kg (16-17 year olds need to weigh more than 50kg)

 

What are the shortages?

QLD is particularly low on O and A blood types.

Amongst the most needed blood types is O Negative, which can be used universally in an emergency situation

 

Where and when can you donate?

Gladstone Donor Centre, Kent St, Gladstone.

Collection hours:

  • Tuesday: 14:00 - 19:00
  • Wednesday: 09:30 - 12:30
  • Thursday: 14:00 - 19:00
  • Friday (Sept only): 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Saturday: 09:30 - 11:30