New Zealand Blood will return to Queenstown next month and is
encouraging donors to book appointments now to make sure they
The service announced on Friday it would make its next visit
to the Wakatipu at the St Margaret's Presbyterian Church
Hall, Frankton, on February 13, from 7.30am to 12.30pm.
All existing and eligible new donors can book appointments
via the NZ Blood website, or by telephoning free on 0800 GIVE
People are eligible to donate blood if they are a new donor
aged 16 to 65 years, or up to their 71st birthday for regular
They are eligible if they weigh at least 50kg, are completely
well after having a cough, cold or flu and have waited six
months after tattooing or body piercing, although blood can
be donated 12 hours after body-piercing performed by a
registered health professional.
Eligibility also includes people who have waited 24 hours
following minor dental treatment or one-month following major
dental work, and have waited 84 days since their last blood
donation and have not exceeded four donations in the past 12
• Blood only lasts 35 days.
• 42,000 patients are treated with blood or blood
products in New Zealand each year.
• 42,000 patients is equivalent to 110 jumbo jets
full of people, or the capacity of Eden Park, Auckland.
• Only 4% of New Zealanders roll up their sleeves
• Each donation can save up to three lives. 3000
donations are required every week to meet hospital
• New Zealand Blood Service is the only provider
of blood products to hospitals in the country.
• New Zealand is self-sufficient for blood
• Donors receive tea, coffee, juice and chocolate