World Blood Donor Day June 14th

World Blood Donor Day June 14th

Blood

This June 14th , Give the Gift of Life. Become a Donor.

 Facts about the blood donation process

  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
  • Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
  • The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
  • The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
  • A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.
  • A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
  • All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.
  • Information you give during the donation process is confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law.

 Blood can be donated at the following locations:-

National Blood Transfusion Service

160 Charlotte Street

Blood

Port of Spain

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 627-2619, 623-8204

Fax. (868) 623-3523

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

The Blood Bank

Building 1

Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex

Uriah Butler Highway

Champs Fleurs

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 645-2640 Ext 2008

Fax. (868) 663-4673

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

The Blood Bank

San Fernando General Hospital

Give blood - blood bag and drop of blood

Independence Avenue

San Fernando

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 652-1121

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays

The Blood Bank

Tobago Regional Hospital

Fort Street

Scarborough

Tobago

Tel. (868) 639-2551

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays