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Junior doctors boost local blood donations

Junior Medical Officers from Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) are getting behind the inaugural Red Cross Lifeblood Doctors in Training Blood Drive.

Junior medical officers  From Central Coast Local Health District, Martha James and Justin Clark

4 October 2022

 

ACROSS October and November, our junior doctors will be aiming to save 300 lives through 100 blood donations and attract at least 30 new donors.

 

Justin Clark is championing the cause for the Central Coast, after being involved in similar initiatives as a medical student.

 

“I donate regularly because I see from the hospital perspective how important blood donations are,” Justin said.

 

“We did a similar thing at uni, called the Vampire Cup, so it’s nice to be able to be involved in making this blood drive happen.”

 

Fellow intern Martha James grew up in the UK during the 1990s meaning she was unable to donate blood in Australia because of the UK outbreak of human variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), often known as mad cow disease.

 

Recently, following approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration the ban on UK donations was lifted and Martha was quick to donate.

 

“I had always wanted the opportunity so I signed up as soon as I could,” Martha said.

 

“The process was painless. Reclining in a chair for 45 minutes with people offering me drinks was actually quite a treat,” said Martha.

 

“The tea and chocolates provided just sealed the deal that I would be back to donate again!”

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