Plasma donor Garth Freeman and nurse Michelle Pracy at the Hervey Bay donor centre.
Plasma donor Garth Freeman and nurse Michelle Pracy at the Hervey Bay donor centre.

Blood plasma donors needed

PLASMA might mean a wide screen television for thousands of Aussies but to thousands of others plasma means so much more.

Plasma is a component of blood and is vital in the production of more than a dozen life-saving medicines.

The “liquid gold” is extracted from the red stuff during blood donation – the red blood cells are then returned to the donor’s body.

While it does take longer than a normal whole blood donation, it is just as easy and unlike a normal blood donation, plasma can be donated every two weeks.

“We are always on the lookout for new blood donors and at the same time we like to see whether donors are interested in giving plasma as it is so valuable and the demand for it is so high,” Red Cross blood bank spokesman Duncan Birt said.

“To give plasma, donors must have first made at least one successful donation of whole blood, weigh 60kg or more and meet other eligibility criteria.”

Fraser Coast donors can only give plasma at the Hervey Bay blood collection centre but there are plans to introduce plasma collections in Maryborough as soon as possible.

For more details about blood and plasma donations or to make an appointment at the Pialba or Hervey Bay blood collection centre, call 13 14 95.

Information is also available online at www.giveblood.com.au



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