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WBHHS named top Wide Bay blood donor, saving more than 2,000 lives

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has taken out the top spot in both Bundaberg and Hervey Bay for
saving the most lives through blood donation as part of the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Teams

Throughout 2019, Lifeblood Teams across Wide Bay donated blood, competing to see who could take out
the title of saving the most lives.

Employees throughout Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service made 762 donations in 2019, saving 2,286
lives and winning the award for the highest number of donations in both Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Deputy Director of Medical Services Dr Sue Page, who chairs
WBHHS’s Blood and Blood Products Committee, congratulated staff across Wide Bay who were giving
back to their community by becoming blood donors.

“I’m really proud to be part of the WBHHS Lifeblood team and helping to save lives in more ways than one.
It’s an awesome feeling knowing that every time a unit of blood or plasma is used to treat a patient, it may
well have been donated by one of our own staff,” Dr Page said.

“The blood and plasma supplied by Lifeblood are vital to many of our patients and to the medical services
run by WBHHS.

“Each day our employees see firsthand how a safe and reliable blood supply saves lives, whether it’s by
helping to treat a trauma in our emergency department, when a patient has complications during elective
surgery, or by providing blood or blood products as part of a patient’s oncology treatment at our cancer
care centre.

“Our team always loves a challenge, and we think we’re up to the challenge of making even more
donations in 2020 and saving even more lives.”

Blood Service spokesperson Jacinta Jeffrey said Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service staff involved in the
Lifeblood Teams program were to be congratulated for their amazing efforts.
“We hope their example will encourage other staff members and the wider public to join the cause and give
others a second chance at life,” she said.

“We also urge all our Lifeblood Teams to continue donating and saving lives to see who can take out the
award for 2020.”

Last updated: 20 February 2020