THERE has been an urgent call-out for Tamworth locals to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, as supplies run low across the country.
The Tamworth Red Cross Lifeblood centre needs at least 100 donors to fill appointments in the next two weeks, through to the end of November.
About 16,000 people nationally are needed to give blood or plasma in that time frame.
The organisation launched an urgent appeal on Tuesday, after Australian supplies of O+ and A+ blood types in particular dipped to just two days' worth.
"We saw the absolute best of the community throughout the pandemic with donors continuing to come in, however, this recent trend of decreasing appointments and increasing cancellations is concerning,"Lifeblood director Cath Stone said.
"Even if you don't know what blood type you have, we still need you - we need all blood types every day."
Ms Stone said about 31,000 donations are needed every week across the country, for people who've had bad accidents or traumas, people going through cancer, pregnancy, and a "host of other situations".