One drop of blood makes all the difference

Westmead Hospital registered nurse Alan Law, Vanessa Graves and Heather Denyer at the 2019 bstreetsmart road trauma forum with a blood bag.

Did you know that more than 20,000 blood products were given to patients at Westmead Hospital during 2019?

Blood donations can be used for 22 different medical procedures to help cancer, surgical, obstetrics, orthopaedic and trauma patients!

Westmead Hospital Transfusion Lab senior scientist Hayley Keenan knows all too well how vital blood supplies are to keeping patients alive and healthy.

“We rely on generous blood donors and the services of the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood to provide us with adequate blood supplies so we can help save lives,” Hayley said.

“Blood is versatile.  There are about five litres of blood in the human body and it’s made up of several useful components.  Blood, plasma or platelets can be donated.

“Each type of blood donation is used for different medical treatments and your blood type determines the best donation for your to make.”

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood centres are located in Liverpool and Parramatta and the mobile screening vans visit various locations in Sydney throughout the year.

For further information about the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood click here.