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Thread: Who else donates....whole blood, plasma or platelets

  1. #91
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    I attempted to be a donate many years ago. Went twice and had a bad reaction both times so not allowed back. Having lived in Europe for a couple of decades now would be off the list anyway.

    Not taking blood from people who have lived in Europe is actually good science as there are problems with disease here that go beyond mad cow that are behind it. Europe (not just the U.K.) has to import a lot of blood products as they cannot use local supplies for this reason.

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    Dropped in for a plasma donation today and they asked if I could switch and do whole blood as there forecasting isnít liking good for the festive season, very low stocks

    Big changes st the Brisbane CBD blood bank

    - no more forms to complete, itís done on a tablet, two days in and they seemed to have it fairly sorted
    - no longer get asked if Iím pregnant, the tablet has that sorted
    - no more plastic disposable cups, re-usable cups in place
    - no more water bottles, except if you on the chair donating plasma, must remember to take a bottle from now on

    Next donation is no. 50, itíll be plasma but have to wait four weeks as I donated blood. Hopefully get my oldest to do his 3rd and the daughter her 1st.

  3. #93
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    Quote Originally Posted by W&KO View Post
    Dropped in for a plasma donation today and they asked if I could switch and do whole blood as there forecasting isnít liking good for the festive season, very low stocks

    Big changes st the Brisbane CBD blood bank

    - no more forms to complete, itís done on a tablet, two days in and they seemed to have it fairly sorted
    - no longer get asked if Iím pregnant, the tablet has that sorted
    - no more plastic disposable cups, re-usable cups in place
    - no more water bottles, except if you on the chair donating plasma, must remember to take a bottle from now on

    Next donation is no. 50, itíll be plasma but have to wait four weeks as I donated blood. Hopefully get my oldest to do his 3rd and the daughter her 1st.
    Said it before and I will never stop. Thank you for saving lives. Your a bloody legend mate

  4. #94
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    Went in today for my fortnightly plasma donation and like a previous poster was handed a tablet to do the usual questionaire.
    All seemed to operate smoothly and it remains to be seen if this old bugger can remember what to do next time around

    It was I think, my 175th donation or thereabouts.
    Numpty

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    Quote Originally Posted by numpty View Post
    Went in today for my fortnightly plasma donation and like a previous poster was handed a tablet to do the usual questionaire.
    All seemed to operate smoothly and it remains to be seen if this old bugger can remember what to do next time around

    It was I think, my 175th donation or thereabouts.
    They still do milkshakes at your local blood bank.

  6. #96
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    Quote Originally Posted by W&KO View Post
    They still do milkshakes at your local blood bank.
    They sure do. And sausage rolls, cheese and biscuits, cake, oversize biscuits etc. It's a great smoko break.

    I remember going to Tamworth Hospital to donate first time in the early 90's and having a milkshake and thinking how good it was.

    I started in 1981 in Sutherland and we only got a cup of tea then and the most uncomfortable stretchers. Things have come along nicely.
    Numpty

    Thomas - 1955 Series 1 107" Truck Cab
    Leon - 1957 Series 1 88" Soft Top
    Lewis - 1963 Series 11A ex Mil Gunbuggy
    Teddy5 - 2001 Ex Telstra Big Cab Td5
    REMLR No 143

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    No milkshake at my local....

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    This is worth watching....it can still be watch on catch up tv

    Giving Life - new tv series | Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

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    No. 50 today...

  10. #100
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    Interesting donation today.....

    Was one my way to the blood bank, and received a call from the centre saying they couldnít start anymore plasma donations as the temperature on the donation floor was too high.

    They were still accepting/starting whole blood donations.

    Interesting eh

    I decline donating whole blood but promised them I would give plasma by the end of the week which they were happy with

    Please, no climate warning comments.......

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