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- Donating is entirely safe and confidential. Adults have between 5-6 litres of blood in their body and after donating, the body replaces lost fluid within a matter of hours and cellular content within 2-3 weeks. In fact, when giving blood, the only thing you’ll feel is good about yourself.
- The whole process is extremely quick and easy – and including registration and health checks, takes roughly half an hour. In fact, it’s so effortless it won’t make an impact on your life. But you’ll be a hero to us.
- We ask that you have something to eat or drink before you attend the session
- Simply turn up, register at reception and we’ll ask you to fill out a short health questionnaire
- If you’ve never donated blood before, or haven’t donated in the last two years, you’ll have a personal and confidential discussion with one of the Blood Transfusion Services (BTS) staff.
- We’ll then make sure your iron levels are high enough to donate by giving you a short finger - prick test.
- Then you’ll move to a donating bed, to proceed with your donation which will take between 4 and 11 minutes. Your donation will then be taken away for testing. After a short rest we will provide refreshments and a big thank you.
Prior education process at the information desk.
- When you arrive at the blood donation site, you will find someone to usher you in and welcome you.
- At this level potential donors are screened for suitability
- The questions asked assist in identifying if a potential donor is suitable. In cases where they unsuitable they are deferred.
- Anyone below 50kgs is not allowed to give blood. At the weighing point, your weight will be checked to ensure you qualify.
- If for no other reason, it’s always nice to refresh your memory so don’t hesitate to pass through this point.
Blood Pressure and Blood Density
- Your blood pressure is checked especially if you are 40 years and above.
- Hemoglobin concentration has to be more than 12.5 grams per deciliter. This proves that you have enough blood to donate.
- This will be done by a donor clerk. The following questions are asked and entered in the donor registration form:
- Your names
- Date, month and year of birth
- Name of the institution and address where you are donating
- Your contact address including phone number
- Marital status
- Your sex
- Your donation record: how many times have you donated?
- Your weight
- Blood group (if you have documented proof)
- Date of collection
- You will be ushered to your donation bed where you will donate blood.
- All the equipment used is sterile.
- One pint of blood or 450 mls is collected. Its ok if you do not fill the bag. Whatever amount is collected will help in one way or the other.
- After donation you are advised to rest on your bed for at least 5 minutes to allow your blood flow to stabilize.
- You will be escorted to the ‘REFRESH YOURSELF’ site where you will be served with a soft drink.
- This will help replace the lost fluid. It’s also a time to relax and have a good time.
Super hero feeling
- You have just done your good deed for the day
- The entire blood donation process is as friendly as possible. The donor’s reservations are respected especially to avoid embarrassment. All questions or clarifications are addressed accordingly.
Confidentiality is a very vital part of a professional service. Information by a donor is treated with maximum confidentiality. Personal information is given to the blood service technicians to ensure the safety of the blood supply. Under no circumstances is the confidentiality broken.