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Plasma demand drives SA mobile network revamp


An increasing patient need for plasma-based products has prompted the Blood Service to make an important change to South Australia’s mobile collection network.

Under the change, the Blood Service will expand its largest mobile sites to accommodate lengthier plasma donations.

The change involves staff staying longer at the busiest mobile sites, and as a result means the Blood Service will no longer visit a series of smaller locations.

'It's in our blood to help others': OAM recipient


You don't need an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) to be a national hero - just roll up your sleeves and give blood.

So says South Australia's Martin FitzPatrick OAM who received the national honour in 2003 for his work with Scouts Australia, an organisation he has volunteered with for over 50 years. 

But Mr FitzPatrick said the simple act of giving blood was more than enough for people to make a difference to the nation.

South Australia’s blood supply assured


Claims today by APESMA suggesting a looming crisis for the SA blood supply are incorrect, inaccurate and scare-mongering.       

In July this year the Blood Service computer system was on back-up.  At that time, South Australia did not export blood products; it received them from Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. 

The Blood Service runs a national supply chain, and blood is routinely shared across state borders as required.

For more information please call Kathy Bowlen, 0447 448 338

Claims by APESMA  for the SA blood supply are inaccurate.

Blood Service announces changes


The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is relocating part of its Adelaide manufacturing operations to Melbourne. Preparations for the move will take several months, with the majority of the work being transferred in October 2012.

Blood collection and distribution in South Australia will continue as usual. There will be no changes to the blood supplies for Adelaide patients and hospitals.

The Blood Service has made significant investment in South Australia in recent years, and is committed to the state’s role in Australia’s blood collection system:

The need for blood doesn’t ‘brake’ during the Clipsal 500


Keep your blood donation record on track this March by becoming a key driver in the never-ending race for blood.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs over 7,000 blood donations during March to continue saving the lives of blood-dependent people such as cancer patients, road trauma victims, burns victims and unborn babies.

Donor services manager Alex Frolow said March was full of events such as the Clipsal 500, Fringe and Adelaide Cup.

The need for blood doesn’t ‘brake’ during the Clipsal 500
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