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Hospital urges all to roll up sleeves for Lifeblood drive

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Lifeblood’s Rosie Barton presents Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery Cameron Duffy, on behalf of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Sewrvice, with the 2020 trophy for having the highest number of donations for Queensland Health. Due to COVID-19 this was the first opportunity to receive the trophy.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service staff and supporters are being encouraged to join the effort on the final stretch of the annual Lifeblood Health Services Blood Drive.

With only two weeks to go in the drive, WBHHS is currently fifth nationally with 125 donations – which has potentially saved 375 lives.

In previous years, WBHHS Lifeblood team has led the way by placing first in Queensland and second nationally in the Health Services Blood Drive which WBHHS Chief Executive Debbie Carroll attributed to caring nature of local health staff.

“I’m really proud that our WBHHS staff are so generous with their donations of blood and plasma as it highlights not only their general caring nature, but also their passion for supporting a cause that they see the importance of everyday,” Ms Carroll said.

“Blood and plasma supplies are absolutely vital to our patients and the impact it makes on lives can be seen each day in our workplace – so it’s particularly pleasing to have our staff roll up their sleeves to support Lifeblood.

“In recent years our staff and other supporters have rallied to make over 1,000 donations in 2020 and 981 donations in 2021- leading the way in Queensland.

“I encourage any staff, and community members who want to join our team, to book into their local Lifeblood clinic for to donate blood or plasma before the end of the month.”

Rosie Barton, Lifeblood Account Manager for the Bundaberg Region said that while they were grateful to all the teams and donors participating, Lifeblood was celebrating the amazing achievements of the WBHHS team.

“Every year at Lifeblood we run multiple challenges and drives across Australia to allow some of our most dedicated teams to show their superhero powers by putting their arms out and making precious donations,” Ms Barton said.

“WBHHS is one of our biggest supporters at the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay donor centres, and we at Lifeblood thank these team members for continuously rolling up their sleeves and giving the gift of life.

“The ability to save lives via blood or plasma donation is not limited to staff – community members are also encouraged to put their arms out and give the gift of life.

“With so many donors isolating or unwell, only one in two appointments to donate blood are being attended, and every precious drop counts.”

Since the start of 2022 WBHHS Lifeblood team members have potentially saved close to 1000 lives thanks to their generous 323 donations.

Are you in the mood to save lives? Book your donation here: www.lifeblood.com.au/making-your-donation

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