News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

NZBS Appeals Urgently for Blood Donors

Media release

14 June 2001

NZBS Appeals Urgently for Blood Donors - Donor Numbers Weakening in Winter

The New Zealand Blood Service is issuing an urgent appeal for Blood Donors.

The national inventory is approaching minimum acceptable levels of group O and A blood, and all blood groups are needed. Nationally, reserves have fallen significantly over the past 7-10 days.

An additional 200-300 donors are needed this week and next, raising the weekly collection levels to 3,200-3,300, according to Dr Peter Flanagan, NZBS National Medical Director.

"We are only just meeting clinical demand at present, and we urgently need to increase supplies," said Dr Flanagan. "We've been struggling for about a month to maintain inventory levels. We need Donors to come in regardless of what the weather is like. Every year, the onset of winter poses challenges, and that's what we are up against just now. I am growing increasingly uncomfortable with our levels of group O and A, the two most common groups, because they haven't responded to our normal Donor recruitment measures."

Last November, NZBS issued a call for Donors to compensate for a period of high use and dropping inventory levels. The present situation is equally concerning, Dr Flanagan said.

Various NZBS locations will be open some evenings and Saturday mornings in the immediate future. Active Donors, lapsed Donors and people wanting to donate for the first time should ring 0800 GIVEBLOOD (0800 448 325) for more information.

ends

Released for the New Zealand Blood Service by Bill Moore, PRaxis Public Relations, 09 373-5068, 025-769-654. Please ring Bill to arrange interviews with Dr Flanagan.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>

ALSO:

Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION