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Blood donors desperately needed to fill shortfall on the Sunshine Coast

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Sunshine Coast residents are being implored to donate blood with the region needing over 350 blood and plasma donations over the next two weeks to meet a shortfall.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood says 5,000 appointments across Queensland need to be filled in the next fortnight.

First-time donors are down 25 per cent when compared with this time last year.

Lifeblood spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh says blood is needed every day to treat patients with a variety of health care needs.

“We do know elective surgery is on the increase Australia-wide, demand has increased in Queensland, and there are 800 fewer new donors in Queensland now than this time last year.

“The need for blood never stops and we need all blood types, every single day for surgery, cancer patients, trauma cases, blood disorders and obstetrics," Ms Smetioukh says.

Ms Smetioukh says by taking only an hour out of your day, you could be saving three people's lives.

”If you haven’t donated for a while, we would love to see you again. And if you have never donated before, now is a great time to start. Blood donation is a wonderful way to give back to your community.”

To book a donation please visit lifeblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.