AUSTRALIAN Red Cross Blood Service executives, local government representatives and interested parties gathered during the week to celebrate the official opening of the new $1.45M Red Cross Blood Donor Centre at Vaughan Central, Shepparton.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service Executive Director for Donor Services, Janine Wilson said, “We have a standard of what we want our donor centres to look like so that they’re comfortable for our donors, the facilities are modern and so that we have room for growth in the future. The old Shepparton centre simply wasn’t large enough for the population which we know can continue to support blood donation. So as part of our national program for refreshing donor centres, we either decide whether we need to refurbish an existing centre or relocate and in the case of Shepparton, it was very clear that we’d outgrown it and so we decided to invest in a new relocation.
“On any given day, depending on the opening hours, the new donor centre can have anywhere between five to 10 extra donors on a daily basis. They may not use the capacity immediately, but we’re hoping to continue to grow the Shepparton panel and it’s contribution and there is plenty of room to move.
“Shepparton is one of our important regional centres. There’s plenty of potential, the population is very loyal and there’s a great history of blood donation including the beginnings of direct blood transfusion here, so there’s a legacy to uphold. It’s a nice big regional centre and it’s a critical part of our national infrastructure.”
The new state-of-the-art premises is not only modern, comfortable and functional, but it’s also visually impressive with a great deal of the region’s history in blood donation service in plain sight to enjoy.
For further information about donating, to check out the new premises or to make an appointment visit the Red Cross Blood Donor Centre at Vaughan Central beside Kmart Tyre and Auto or phone 13 14 95.