Blood donation is an essential service - exempt from all travel restrictions and stay at home orders
With lockdown announced for 11 local government areas in South East Queensland, it is important to remember blood and plasma donation remains absolutely vital and is one of the reasons you are allowed to leave the house.
People who are healthy and well, not waiting on test results or isolating can book online at https://www.lifeblood.com.au/.
Queensland currently has 6000 blood and another 6000 plasma donations available over the next two weeks.
“Donating blood and plasma remains an essential activity, and travel and venue restrictions do not prevent you from giving blood – we need you now more than ever,” Lifeblood spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh said.
“Our donor centres are open and safe. In addition to our already strong eligibility and hygiene protocols, we have implemented a wide range of additional measures including:
- Masks for staff and donors
- Postponements for people who have tested positive to COVID-19 or been in contact with a confirmed case
- Wellness checks, including contactless temperature check, before entering the centre
- Increased cleaning of frequently used items
- Providing additional hand sanitiser for donors
- Additional daily cleaning of all areas in our centres
- Restriction of non-donating visitors to our centres
- Provision of public health information in every centre
- Implementing social distancing wherever possible.
“Lockdowns don’t stop the need for blood - there are patients in hospital who need blood and are relying on people to donate,” Ms Smetioukh added.
To book your donation at https://www.lifeblood.com.au/, call 13 14 95 or download the Donate Blood app.
3 August 2021.