100% Locally Owned, Independent and Free

100% Locally Owned, Independent and Free

'Demand at record high': Lifeblood put out urgent plea for Easter donations

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

Photo of the day: rise and shine

"So lovely to see the sun. Lots of fishing boats out and about." Penny Robertson snapped this photo from the Castaways Beach carpark. If you More

Champions crowned on wild weekend at The Aussies

The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships came to a thrilling conclusion at Maroochydore during the weekend, when the best athletes came to the fore More

Foodie festival line-up promises to tantalise tastebuds

The program for the Sunshine Coast’s premier food and drink festival has been revealed, with a riverside showcase of beers and spirits among the More

Sami Muirhead: fond memories of the 1990s

Natalie Imbruglia and I go way back. Many of us loved her when she played Beth Brennan in TV soap opera Neighbours. That was in 1992 More.

‘Huge mess’: jewellery store targeted by ram raid

A century-old Coast jewellers has praised the community for its support after the business was targeted by an early morning ram raid. K. Smith and More

Your say: highway upgrade, bank relocation and more

Do you have an opinion to share? Submit a Letter to the Editor at Sunshine Coast News via news@sunshinecoastnews.com.au. You must include your name More

Sunshine Coast locals are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get their “buns” into a blood donation chair to make a difference this Easter long weekend.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood says it needs 50 more buns on seats in its Maroochydore and Nambour blood donor centres to ensure there is enough supply for hospital patients.

The need for blood is 3 per cent higher than the same time last year, while demand for platelets is at a record high.

Lifeblood spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh said donation booking numbers needed a boost, with many donors travelling or taking a break from their routine over the holidays.

“Blood is complex and cannot be synthetically produced, so we rely on the generosity of donors to ensure patients have access to the blood they need when they need it,” Ms Smetioukh said.

“We are urging Sunshine Coast residents to step up, keep our donor centre chairs full and help maintain blood supplies at a critical time.”

She said blood and blood products would be needed every 18 seconds this weekend and throughout the school holidays by trauma and emergency patients, mums delivering babies, people with blood conditions and cancer patients.

The Sunshine Coast needs 50 blood and plasma donors this weekend.

One trauma patient could require up to 100 bags of blood to survive, depending on their injuries, while platelets are also vital to combat life-threatening bleeding in emergency situations.

Platelets are taken from blood donations and act like tiny Band-Aids to clot blood, but only have a shelf life of seven days.

“You never know when you or someone you love may need blood,” Ms Smetioukh said.

“A blood donation only takes one hour, with just five to 10 minutes on the couch, while a plasma donation takes 90 minutes.

“Our friendly team on the Sunshine Coast are waiting to welcome donors and ease any nerves.

“You can enjoy some delicious snacks afterwards and leave knowing your life-giving donation will have a life-changing outcome.”

To book an appointment call 13 14 95, book online at lifeblood.com.au or download the DonateBlood app.

Help us deliver more news by registering for our FREE daily news feed. All it requires is your name and email at the bottom of this article.

[scn_go_back_button] Return Home

Subscribe to SCN’s daily news email

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.