Donating blood for the first time? Been awhile since you made your last donation? Unsure of what to do? Here are some pointers on how you can prepare for your blood donation.
Before your donation
- Eat a well-balanced meal and drink plenty of fluids 24 hours before your donation.
- Ensure you get adequate rest the night before your donation and on the actual day itself.
What to bring
- Official photo identity document (e.g. passport, IC, driver’s license, donor card) with a local address
- Signed Parental consent form (if you’re 16 or 17 years old)
The Donation Process
The whole donation process involves just six simple steps and takes an average of 45 minutes to complete:
- Form Filling (5 mins)
Complete the health assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for donation. The completion of this questionnaire should be done in private as it is a personal statement of your medical and social history.
- Registration (5 mins)
Your personal particulars will be recorded and you will be placed in the donation queue.
- Medical Screening (10-15 mins)
A medical screener will go through your responses to the health assessment questionnaire with you and measure your weight, pulse, blood pressure and temperature to confirm you are fit for donation.
- Haemoglobin Check (5 mins)
Your haemoglobin level will be checked to ensure that you can give blood. The minimum level required is 12.5 g/dl.
- Blood Donation (10-15 mins)
A trained nurse will attend to you to make sure you are comfortable, before cleaning your arm and applying a local painkiller to ensure you feel minimal pain during the donation process. The actual withdrawal of blood takes about 5 to 10 minutes and 350-450 ml of blood is collected.
- Rest and Refreshment (15 mins)
Light refreshments will be provided while you rest for 10-15 minutes. This is to ensure that you feel well before leaving the blood collection site.
After Your Donation
- Maintain an iron-rich diet following your donation to replenish the iron stocks in your body. You should also continue to hydrate yourself throughout the rest of the day.
- You should refrain from any strenuous or athletic activities or any heavy lifting for 24 hours.
- If you experience any unusual symptoms during the next two days, please call +65 6213 0626 and speak to the Medical-Officer-on-duty.
- Important: If, for any reason, you feel that you blood should not be given to any patient, please call 1800 226 3320 immediately. Your call will be kept strictly confidential and no questions will be asked.