Coronavirus update

7 April 2020

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

With non-essential activities restricted across the country, it is important to remember that blood and plasma donation remains absolutely vital, and travel and venue restrictions do not prevent people from giving blood. The only exception to this is our generous donors aged 70 and over who have been advised to stay at home and self-isolate for their own protection. 

It is important to note there are no reports of coronavirus being transmitted by blood transfusion anywhere in the world, and our strict screening process means we don’t allow people who are unwell to donate blood.  

Our donor centres are safe places to visit and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that stays the case. 

We have begun to roll out Wellness Checks in our donor centres to carefully evaluate whether donors are well enough to enter. On arrival, you will be asked three questions about your wellbeing, recent travel, and if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has. If your responses are in line with our eligibility criteria, you will proceed to a temperature check. Donors with a fever will not be allowed to proceed with their donation. 

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions where you can find out about all the other 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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