New look for blood donors

Steve Kendall | Bendigo Weekly | 20-Apr-2017

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Penny Limmer and Maureen Bower. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN
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The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre.

The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a more open-plan design.

Speaking about the update state donor services manager Maureen Bower said the team was excited about the refurbishment. 

“The team is really looking forward to welcoming our donors to the refurbished centre and working in an updated and more efficient design,” Ms Bower said.

“These changes will provide a much needed update to the centre and help improve the donor experience. It will be more comfortable and efficient.” 

During the refurbishment from Saturday, April 29 to Sunday, May 28 the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre will be closed. 

To help maintain the blood supply during this time a mobile donor centre will be available at the Tom Flood Sports Centre from Monday, May 8 to Saturday May 20 for whole blood collections.

“Some of our existing blood donors have already put their hands up to donate during May at the mobile donor centre however there are still 300 appointments available,” Ms Bower said.

“Bendigo donors have invested in us, and we are now investing in them.”

Donors are asked to call 13 14 95 or to visit donateblood.com.au to make an appointment.

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