Blood boost for Lower

A RED Cross blood bank collection service will be reinstated at Maclean District Hospital, Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell has announced.

Mr Cansdell said a regular service would return to the hospital in January, 2006, following a six-year absence.

"The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has just informed me it will have four collections at Maclean Hospital next year, starting on January 23, 2006," he said.

"There will be further col- lections on April 24, July 24 and October 24, with the service operating from 10.30am to 2pm on each occasion."

Mr Cansdell said it was great news for those Lower Clarence residents who wished to donate blood.

"The news that Maclean is finally getting its blood donor service back is very exciting, even if it is only once every three months," he said.

"The Red Cross has very limited funding so it has to be careful in the way it allocates its resources, but I am confident Lower Clarence donors will be queuing up early."

Mr Cansdell said while he was pleased for Lower River residents, he was unhappy about services being cut in Grafton.

"I am disappointed that the frequency of services in Grafton has been cut back recently, but there will be more blood collection staff on hand at the new fortnightly service to Grafton, so this will make up for some of the loss."

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