For regular donors, the Blood Bank will send you a letter a couple of weeks before their mobile branch visits your area. Then if they haven’t heard from you, they ring you up in the week before. I never seem to find the time to ring them before they ring me.
The problem is by then they’re inevitably booked out. So they’ll ring me up and I’ll say Yeah I’d like to book in, and I’ll nominate a few times, and none of them are available. In fact sometimes they ring up and tell me straight up that virtually no times at all (convenient or inconvenient for me) are available. Which makes it a little pointless in ringing me, to be honest.
It’s frustrating when I know, and they know, they need the blood. But if they don’t have the capacity to take it when I can give it, what can you do?
The Southbank centre is open long hours, but the location a long way out of the way. The Bourke Street centre is in a much more convenient spot, but the opening hours aren’t very good. (If I were running it, I’d do the long hours at the more convenient location. But maybe that’s just me.)
I’m on the wait-list for the local collection next week… but if that doesn’t work, I’ll try and get in at Bourke Street in the next few weeks.