Coronavirus update

09 July 2020

Lifeblood’s top priority is the safety of our donors, staff, volunteers and, of course, blood recipients.

With restrictions returning to Victoria, it’s important to remember that blood and plasma donation is an essential service and remains absolutely vital. That is, we’re open, and our donors are essential. The health of the nation depends on it.

We wish to reassure all donors that our donor centres remain safe and centres in the affected areas will remain open.

Donors in the affected areas are still able to donate as long as they meet our standard eligibility criteria, are feeling well and healthy, have not been in close contact with a confirmed Covid19 case and are not waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.

Despite the challenges of 2020 and late 2019, we’d like to recognise that we’ve had an overwhelming response from our donors throughout the coronavirus pandemic who have continued to donate blood and plasma and we urge them to continue donating throughout the winter period.

Lifeblood facilities are strictly regulated by the Therapeutic Good Administration, which means our ongoing operating procedures must always comply with the highest safety and hygiene standards, including extensive cleaning.

We've put together a list of frequently asked questions where you can find out about all the measures we’re taking to keep our centres safe, what new blood donation rules we’ve introduced, and how you can best follow public health advice. 

If you still have a question you need help with, please call us on 13 14 95.

For more on coronavirus, visit the Australian Department of Health website

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