The Australian Red Cross Blood Service says that more than 20,000 litres of blood will be donated annually at the nation's new blood donor centre in Adelaide.
The Regent Blood Donor Centre – the largest blood donor centre in the county – was officially opened yesterday (September 6) by South Australian premier Jay Weatherill, commonwealth parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King and eight-year-old leukaemia patient Christopher Allen.
"Ensuring a secure supply of blood to meet the clinical needs of patients is vital," Ms King said.
Blood Service state manager Andrew Scott hopes the centre's location and extended hours will encourage new donors to get involved.
"We’re expecting the need for blood and blood products to double over the next ten years and Regent, the country’s largest centre, will help meet this demand," Mr Scott said.
"Giving blood and saving lives is simple, it only takes an hour of your time and every donation saves three lives."
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