Red Cross Blood Bank says there’s a critical shortage of O-negative blood and it’s Australia wide.
They’re appealing for donors to come forward.
Spokesman Shaun Inguanzo says the blood service is urging people with O-negative blood to donate as its reserves dip to just two days’ supply.
“An increase in demand for O-negative blood, combined with a fall in donor numbers due to cold and flu symptoms, is behind the decline in supply, with as many as 1000 cancelled donations per week.”
“O-negative is a universal blood type that can be used in an emergency situation where the patient’s blood type is unknown.”
Ms Inguanzo says illness is also causing some of the shortage with regular donors now out of action.
“The number of people suffering cold and flu symptoms greatly impacts the number of regular donors who are able to give, so we need others to take the place of those who will be unable to answer our call.”