Kiwis have summer sussed, it’s all about relaxing and our essentials are pretty simple - a comfy possi,feet up, a relaxing drink and a bite to eat… But this summer you don’t need to be at the bach to enjoy all these things, because New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) regularly offers its donors the best seat in the house, followed by a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit to those who help save lives over the holiday period (well actually, at any time of the year).

From Monday 15th December, New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is introducing revisions to its donor eligibility criteria.  These include changes to the donor behavioural criteria, as well as changes to donor eligibility following return from overseas travel to reduce the risk of transmission of a number of insect borne infections.

International Volunteer’s Day on the 5th of December is the day when organisations world wide acknowledge the huge contribution made by the volunteers that support them on a daily basis.  New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) not only has volunteers who give of their time to donate blood, plasma and platelets, but has a small "army” of volunteers who give hours of their time to look after donor's refreshments at both static sites and mobile blood drives.

The Minister of Health’s opening of the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) Christchurch Blood Centre at 15 Lester Lane this week is a significant milestone for the Blood Service, with the centre set to become the lifeblood of the South Island as its new southern headquarters.

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