The gift of blood

It only takes a one hour visit to potentially save three New Zealanders’ lives

Every person who can give one hour of their time to donate blood can save three New Zealand lives. Dargaville locals and visitors have the opportunity to help out when the New Zealand Blood Service comes to town on Monday, October 29 at the Dargaville Town Hall, 1pm–6pm.

Donors are required to complete a confidential questionnaire to ensure eligibility and health screening, and on the previous visit, the service was pleased to have new donors drop in as well as see familiar faces.

“At the last collection we had 123 people attend and collected 97 units,” said donor recruiter NZ Blood Service, Beth Brannen.

“Each donation can save three lives, so please come along and help look after the ones in need.”

All blood types are needed, and 3,000 donations are required each week to meet hospital needs — more than 29,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products each year in New Zealand.

Each blood donation can contribute to the making of more than 12 products, all serving a vital function to help patients suffering from disease or trauma.  

The plasma from a donation is replaced in the body within about 24 hours, and red cells need about four to six weeks, so at least eight weeks are required between whole blood donations.

Further information is available at nzblood.co.nz.


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