If you're an O Negative blood type, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs you.
5000 people with O negative blood are necessary to keep the blood services supplies up.
“With our regular donors still being knocked out by cold and flu, we’ve seen the Blood Service’s own reserves of O Negative dip to less than two days’ supply after maintaining hospital stocks,” Blood Service spokesperson, Helen Walsh said.
“We are urging first time and regular O Negative donors to roll up their sleeves and give blood in order to boost supplies.” While just nine per cent of the population is O Negative, it can go to anyone in an emergency situation.
Ms Walsh said the Blood Service needs more O Negative donors to continue meeting hospital demand.
“We need 5,000 O Negative donations over the next two weeks to meet this demand," Ms Walsh said. "If you are O Negative, someone in your family could be too. We’re asking people to talk to their family and encourage them to donate.”
To give blood, please call 13 14 95 or book online at www.donateblood.com.au