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There are still more than 20 appointments available in Gladstone over the next 2 weeks for whole blood donations, and more than 30 for plasma donations. In Rockhampton there are more than 30 appointments for whole blood donations over the same period, and others for plasma donations. We therefore call on people who do not have a donation appointment to please try and make one as soon as they are able at the Gladstone Donor Centre, on the grounds of the District Hospital, or the Rockhampton Donor Centre on Quarry Street – also on the grounds of the Rockhampton Base Hospital. Each donation will help save the lives of 3 people, will change the lives of countless loved ones, and only takes an hour of your time. Anyone thinking of donating is urged to call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au for more information and to book their appointment time. Plasma really is liquid gold, in that it helps to make 18 different life-saving products which cannot be manufactured from artificial sources – only blood donations. These products are used for treatments as diverse as immunisations, patients with severe burns, those with brain disorders – and 15 others! Attached is the full list of the 18 Wonders of Plasma. Patient demand for plasma products is on the increase, a trend which is likely to increase over the coming years. If you have never donated before, or not done so for some time, now would be a great time to get involved and help to save lives. 1 in 3 of us will need blood or blood products at some point in our lives, however only 1 in 30 donates. With this in mind, over 22,000 new donors will be needed in Queensland this year to ensure we meet patient demand for blood products both now and into the future, including more than 580 in Gladstone and 780 in Rockhampton.Cheers MjB.

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