Lifeblood assures coronavirus is not transmittable through blood transfusions

Lifeblood has reassured donors and the community there is no evidence to suggest coronavirus is transmittable by blood transfusion.

The organisation made this statement ahead of the busy Easter holiday period.

Lifeblood chief executive, Shelly Park said the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic could put the nation's blood supply under pressure but a strict screening process will ensure unwell people don't donate blood.

"The organisation has robust processes in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply and our donors, and we don't allow people who are unwell to donate blood," Ms Park said.

"Our donor centres are safe places to visit and we will take all necessary steps to ensure that stays the case.

"To ensure there is a sufficient blood supply, we are appealing to donors to keep their appointments if well and healthy and are inviting new donors or those who haven't donated for a while to come forward to help us."

Temporary fast tracking of elective surgeries during this time could also increase the demand for blood supplies.

The organisation has enlisted experts to monitor the global situation. They will advise any specific actions if required.

A 28 day donation postponement has been implemented for donors returning from overseas and those who have been in contact with someone with coronavirus.

Coronavirus patients will be unable to donate blood for at least three months after recovery.

Lifeblood Taree staff, along with others around the country, will continue to wear gloves, wipe down surfaces and use single use sterile collection kits after every donation.

Further measures include disinfecting of frequently used items, additional hand sanitisers, daily disinfection of all areas, ceasing the use of handgrips for donors to use while donating and restricting non-donating visitors to Lifeblood centres.

Residents who wish to donate in Taree can book ahead by visiting or calling 13 14 95.

For Gloucester residents, the mobile blood donation van will be in town on March 24 and 25.