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Calls for blood donors to keep appointments

Eligible people are being asked to continue donating blood.

As the country prepares to go into lockdown tomorrow, the New Zealand Blood Service is reminding people that blood donation is an essential service.

Donor centres will remain open and New Zealand Blood Service is urging all eligible, healthy blood donors to book an appointment, and keep their commitment to donating blood.

“The need for blood is constant, travelling to a donor centre or mobile drive is considered essential travel and donating blood is a lifesaving act that must continue during these uncertain times," says Dr Sarah Morley, Chief Medical Officer, New Zealand Blood Service.

“Our donors centres are safe places to visit, and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure they stay that way.

"Measures include providing adequate space at sites to allow donors to maintain an appropriate physical distance, robust hygiene and making sure that our donors are not exposed to anyone who is unwell.”

To book an appointment to donate visit www.nzblood.co.nz or call 0800 448 325.

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