No blood centre for Gero

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FILE IMAGE: Blood sourced from cat (left) and dog (right) donors from the Animal Hospital at Murdoch University.
Camera IconFILE IMAGE: Blood sourced from cat (left) and dog (right) donors from the Animal Hospital at Murdoch University. Credit: Jackson Flindell The West Australian

Geraldton or the Mid West will not get another blood donor centre.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood — which until recently was known as the Australian Red Cross Blood Service — said there were no plans to reopen a centre in Geraldton.

There was uproar locally when the Geraldton blood cross donation centre closed its doors in 2012.

An ARCL spokesperson said its current network of collection centres met the needs of patients.

There are 149 active donors — people who have donated within the last two years, with no more than a two-year break between donations — from the Mid West.

Of those, 87 are from Geraldton, and 62 from others towns across the region. An ARCL spokesperson said its current network of collection centres met the needs of patients.

“Lifeblood places its resources where they’re most needed to ensure all Australians, including Geraldton residents, have access to a safe and stable blood supply at all times,” the spokesperson said.

“It’s important to note we only collect what patients need to ensure that every donation counts.

“Lifeblood is a truly national service, with blood products collected in every State and Territory and sent to where it’s needed most.

“While just 2 per cent of all donated blood is used in trauma situations, we regularly supply local hospitals with blood stocks that they keep on hand for emergencies. We appreciate the passion the people of Geraldton and the Mid West have for blood donation and know many make appointments for when they’re in Perth.

“We are extremely grateful and appreciative.

“People can also help in other ways like spreading the word on social media, signing up to be an organ donor, or even volunteering for the Australian Red Cross.”

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