Lifeblood teams recognised at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (From left) Trudi Davidson, Director of People Portfolio USQ, Supt. Aerron Patterson QFES and Shirley-Anne Gardiner, Executive Director Toowoomba Hospital. Wednesday. Picture: Nev Madsen
Lifeblood teams recognised at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (From left) Trudi Davidson, Director of People Portfolio USQ, Supt. Aerron Patterson QFES and Shirley-Anne Gardiner, Executive Director Toowoomba Hospital. Wednesday. Picture: Nev Madsen

Toowoomba’s Lifeblood bank needs 500 donations in next two weeks

Australia’s blood and plasma supplies are worryingly low, prompting the Toowoomba Lifeblood centre to issue an urgent call for help.

It needs 500 donations in the next two weeks to keep up with demand.

Hospital demand is up seven per cent along with about 10,000 fewer people donating now than during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Toowoomba Hospital’s executive director, Shirley-Anne Gardiner knows all too well the lifesaving potential in a bag of blood.

“About 30 per cent of donations help cancer patients, but they also help burn victims, newborn babies and pregnant women,” she said.

“Trauma and crashes only account for two per cent.”

Ms Gardiner contributes to the Darling Downs Health Lifeblood team.

It ranked second in 2020 with 773 donations, behind the Darling Downs Queensland Fire and Emergency Services team with a staggering 1135 donations.

Ms Gardiner said it was natural that health and emergency services workers would want a well-stocked blood bank.

“Our staff see the benefit of donating blood,” she said.

“If we need blood brought into the operating theatre, the staff see it save a life.”

As Ms Gardiner closes in on her 20th donation, she is encouraging everyone who can to donate.

“I was blown away by how easy it was,” she said.

“It doesn’t hurt, you can book online, and it’s a great way to get a free health check.

“Everything is stored on the Lifeblood app, and I look forward to seeing how stressed I am based on the blood pressure data it stores.”

To book an appointment, phone 13 14 95.

Originally published as Toowoomba’s Lifeblood bank needs 500 donations in next two weeks


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