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Fiona needles her patients

IF you are going to put your faith in someone sticking a needle in your arm, put it in the Red Cross' Fiona Boyle.

There's a big smile from Fiona and the assurance that what you are doing is going to save three lives to get you through the often nerve-racking experience of giving blood.

“I love it,” she said.

“I work with enthusiastic and well patients that have the community's interest at heart.”

Fiona has been nursing since the mid '70s, making the change to the blood service in 1990.

“People think that it is a more relaxed area of nursing, but it's actually very involved and very precise,” she said

Although it is quite predictable, working for the blood service is not without its stresses.

“Putting needles in people all day takes a lot of getting used to.”

Fiona works out of the Lismore blood and plasmapheresis clinic where she has her regular patients that are committed to making sure the Red Cross are in constant and vital supplies of blood and plasma.



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