A boom in blood donations has left the Launceston Lifeblood centre fully booked during the coronavirus pandemic.
Generous community members like George Town resident David Logan are responsible for the result. He was a 17-year-old when he first donated his blood to people in need.
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"My father was in the Lions Club and it was assisting with the Red Cross donations in George Town," Mr Logan says of his first time donating blood.
"They were setting the trestles up for people to lay on and I would go down with him and just hang around for a while and then I just gave blood.
"I did it for a couple of years and had a long break as you do when you're that age."
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A decade ago Mr Logan started to donate again and for him, a family member's cancer diagnosis reinforced the importance of continuing to give.
"I do plasma, that takes a little bit longer than the blood," he explained. "It's a needle in the arm but it comes and goes into a machine with a centrifuge and it takes the plasma out of the blood and pumps the red blood cells back into your body.
"It's more widely used for making blood products and it's more widely accepted than the whole blood. The whole blood is used a lot in operation and trauma causes but the plasma is probably now by far the biggest part of their collection service.
"I don't really find it a big hassle, it's only one hour every couple of weeks."
Mr Logan encouraged other community members to consider giving blood if they could.
A Lifeblood spokeswoman praised the contribution of donors like Mr Logan.
"A few weeks ago we issued a call for more donors across the country and we have received a fantastic response from the community and are now fully booked," she said.
"Some locals may be finding it difficult to make a booking to donate blood because we're so busy, which is a fantastic problem for us to have. Because we're so busy, bookings are absolutely essential so we can maintain social distancing in our centres."
The spokeswoman said Lifeblood had introduced extra safety measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
"These include new blood donation rules and wellness checks upon entry to our centres including temperature checks," she advised.
"We have hand sanitiser available for donors to use while they're in centre. Our centres are already highly regulated with medical grade cleans however we've also increased cleaning of frequently used items like the electronic tablets for the questionnaire and the donation couches.
Wherever possible we're practicing social distancing in the centre as well."