The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is calling for Northern Rivers residents to give blood over the Christmas season, to meet demand.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is calling for Northern Rivers residents to give blood over the Christmas season, to meet demand. Marnie Johnston

POLL: Have your say on Maryborough blood bank closure

MARYBOROUGH'S blood donation centre will close on October 9, forcing the city's residents to travel to Hervey Bay if they want to continue to boost the region's blood and plasma supplies.

State member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the decision to close the centre was not one that he supported and he hoped that it would be reconsidered, as the region's blood supplies would take a hit.

Would you travel from Maryborough to Hervey Bay to donate blood?

This poll ended on 13 July 2015.

Current Results

Yes

10%

No

89%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A letter was sent out to Maryborough's regular donors last week, alerting them to the upcoming closure of the centre.

According to the letter sent to the donors, the Maryborough's donor centre can only collect a small number of plasma donations and the decision was made in order to "realign our resources in the region to ensure we meet patient needs".

Maryborough donors were encouraged to continue giving blood at the Hervey Bay Donor Centre.

Several posts to the Maryborough Community Facebook page revealed the anger felt by the city's donors, with several saying they would be unable to travel to Hervey Bay to make their regular donations of blood because of work commitments.

Several others expressed their concern for the jobs of the nurses working at the Maryborough donation centre.

Mr Saunders said he was informed of the decision to close the centre on Friday.

"I explained that this was a poor decision and that there would be a significant impact on their donations into the future," Mr Saunders said.

"I was told that the decision did not concern the state and it was a corporate decision that was theirs to make.

"This would have been a centralised decision, and I stated I had concern with this," he said.

"When decisions like this are made by city centric people, they fail to understand how the regions work and to think people will just pop down the road to donate blood or plasma is not practical."

Mr Saunders said Maryborough punched above its weight when it came to contributing the blood donations on the Fraser Coast, as evidenced by the friendly rivalry of the Bloodislow Cup, a competition that used to be held each year between Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

"I certainly hope that they will reconsider their decision and urge donors to contact Australian Red Cross Blood Service regarding this as well as ask how the decision was made."



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