Red Blood Service Mobile Blood Donor Centre comes to Bordertown

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service will set up a mobile blood donor centre at Bordertown Football Club on March 25-26.

It takes about one hour to donate blood and has the potential to change someone's life.

People can underestimate how versatile blood is, as one donation can be made into 22 different medical treatments.

There are plenty of different reasons why people rely on blood donations, with some needing it to get them through a serious event like cancer or a difficult pregnancy.

Other patients have medical conditions which mean they need blood products regularly to stay alive or be healthy.

There are about five litres of blood in the human body and it's made up of several useful components.

Each type of blood donation is used for different medical treatments, and an individuals blood type determines the best donation someone can make.

When an individual donates blood they may be able to donate whole blood, plasma or platelets.

Whole blood is blood collected straight from the donor without anything being taken out and is usually separated red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

Blood plasma is used for patients with cancer, blood diseases, kidney disease, anaemia, heart disease, stomach disease ,childbirth, operations, blood loss, trauma and burns.

Platelets are used for suffering from leukaemia and medical treatments like chemotherapy that can decrease a person’s platelet count. 

Most people can donate blood, if someone is between the ages of 18-70, weigh 50kg or more and be considered fit and healthy.

Visit www.donateblood.com.au to learn if you are eligible to donate blood.