News

Blood supply slows to two day low

THERE are only  two days' supply of all blood types available in NSW.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Clarence Valley Community Unions (CVCU) are calling on 700,000 union members across the state to roll up their sleeves and become regular donors.

"We are at crisis level. The community needs blood and blood products and we are currently relying on too few Australians to keep blood supplies going," said president of the Grafton Base Hospital Nurses Association, Tyrone Dungey.

"The aim of this campaign is to encourage more people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood.

"Blood stocks especially O Negative, are in critical demand and more donors are urgently needed."

Mr Dungey said blood donations help save the lives of cancer patients, burns victims, road trauma victims, people undergoing emergency surgery and those on renal dialysis.

He is encouraging anyone who has thought about giving blood to roll up their sleeves and become a donor.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokesperson Kathy Bowlen said 2012 has been a difficult year for blood supply, adding colds and flu have been stopping regular donors from giving blood.

"We need to bolster blood stocks now and we can't do that without community support," she said.

"One in three people will need blood in their lifetime, but only one in 30 Australians donate. Every donation saves three lives."

Mr Dungey said blood donations help save the lives of cancer patients, burns victims, road trauma victims, people undergoing emergency surgery and those on renal dialysis.

He is encouraging anyone who has thought about giving blood to roll up their sleeves and become a donor.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service will visit Grafton Base Hospital tomorrow at 10am.

Local residents with blood type O Negative are encouraged to donate.  

Bookings can be made on 131 495 or online at donateblood.com.au.




Lovin' and scrubbin' your best friends to help a local family

Lahnie Shannon-Good with "Duke" in the Love'm Scrub'm grooming salon.

A local dog washing business helps a family through a tough time.

Centrelink crackdown as taskforce tackles "welfare fraud"

Across the country the team has found 135 cases of potential fraud

Yamba to chase holy grail on home soil

The Yamba Men's Bowling Club number 3 Pennant side is ready to defend home turf as the State Bowls Titles are held in Yamba and Maclean this weekend.

Lower Clarence clubs hosts No.3 State Pennants finals

Latest deals and offers

Lindsay Lohan 'calls off engagement'

Lohan reportedly called off her engagement to Russian millionaire

Dyer returns to Grafton after Lifetime release

BACK IN TOWN: Melanie Dyer plays the Clocktower on Friday night at 8.30pm.

The Voice 2012 contestant is heading to the Clocktower Hotel

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started