More blood donors are needed across the region during the holiday period to cover for people missing appointments.
Last month, the Red Cross Blood Service urged 4000 people to make a donation during the holiday period to help prevent a shortage.
This time of year is a time when many regular donors take a break — yet the need for blood never stops.
At risk are supplies of platelets, the clotting component of the blood that is largely relied on by cancer patients to prevent internal bleeding.
Platelets only have a shelf life of five days, so a constant flow of donors is required, even during holiday times.
Blood Service spokeswoman Jemma Falkenmire urged Australians to make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible.
‘‘Cancer patients are the biggest users of donated blood in Australia; it’s critical to helping them through chemotherapy,’’ Ms Falkenmire said.
‘‘With one in three of us needing donated blood in our lifetime, the life you help save... could even be that of a loved one.’’
●To make an appointment to give blood, phone 131495 or visit www.donateblood.com.au