Staff at the Western NSW Local Health Service save lives in more ways than just treating patients in hospital.
They have also been busy rolling up their sleeves and donating blood and plasma as part of the “Red Love" donation campaign that was initiated by The Orange Australasian Cultural Group in collaboration with the Orange Health Service. The campaign is well on course to achieve this year's target of helping to save 1000 lives through blood donation.
Rehabilitation Medical Director, Dr Sumitha Gounden said, “The Red Love campaign has been running for several years. It's great to see staff have really got behind our Red Love initiative."
Blood Service spokesperson John Feist said, “The Red Love campaign was unique in that some of its donors were Healthcare Professionals who witness the benefit of donated blood to patients.
“Staff from all over the Western NSW Local Health District work with patients every day, many who need donated blood or blood products," Mr Feist said.
“We'd like to thank doctors, nurses, allied health staff, family and friends for keeping blood supplies flowing to patients relying on them."
“To celebrate the fantastic results and to raise awareness of the importance of blood donations Clancy Pye, Country Music singer held a performance at the back of Orange Hospital.
“Clancy is a strong supporter of the 'Red Love' campaign and has written a song about blood donations which will be used for future awareness campaigns.
“The main goal of 'Red Love' was to increase the number of blood donations and we've successfully done that. I can't wait to see how many lives we will be able to help save next year" said Dr Gounden.
You can donate by visiting donateblood.com.au or calling 13 14 95