More Manning blood donors needed to avoid shortage during Easter and Anzac Day period

Roll up your sleeves: More donors are needed in the Manning during the Easter and Anzac Day period to avoid a shortage of blood products. Photo: supplied.
Roll up your sleeves: More donors are needed in the Manning during the Easter and Anzac Day period to avoid a shortage of blood products. Photo: supplied.

The Easter holiday period is a critical time for hospitals to manage blood stocks. As donors are in short supply due to taking holidays, the demand for blood components in hospitals increases.

That's why more than 30 donors are needed at the Manning during the Easter and Anzac Day period to avoid a critical shortage of blood products.

Blood Service spokesperson Jemma Falkenmire said while blood will be needed by many Australians during the period, supply isn't guaranteed unless more donors roll up their sleeves.

"The need for blood doesn't take a holiday, so we're urging locals to factor a blood donation into their plans this Easter.

"We need donations in the lead up and following the Easter long weekend, to ensure Australian patients receive the blood they need," Ms Falkenmire said.

During the week of Easter and Anzac Day, Taree Blood Donor Centre will be open on Thursday, April 18, Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24. 

To book an appointment, call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.