New! Bloodbank@Westgate Tower

Blood donors staying or working at the western side of Singapore can now donate blood at a bloodbank near their homes.

The new Bloodbank@Westgate Tower, the nation’s third satellite blood collection centre, was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 23 June.

Strategically located at the intersection of two major MRT train lines and a bus interchange, Bloodbank@Westgate Tower is a convenient and accessible place for residents, workers and shoppers in Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Jurong East and Jurong West to donate blood. Currently, there are about 18,000 blood donors living in these estates. The growing working and residential populations in the western part of Singapore are encouraged to become regular blood donors.

Managed by Health Sciences Authority (HSA), in partnership with Singapore Red Cross (SRC), Bloodbank@Westgate Tower has the capacity to collect 100 units of blood daily to help meet national blood demand. Blood usage is expected to increase at a rate of between 3 percent and 5 percent annually, from the 120,000 units currently. With Singapore’s ageing population and more elderly developing age-related medical conditions that can cause anaemia, more than 220,000 units of blood would be required every year by 2030.

The new bloodbank is a critical part of both HSA and the Singapore Red Cross’ (SRC) proactive efforts to meet the current and future blood needs of patients in Singapore. The newly opened blood bank is also part of HSA’s broader strategy of decentralisation to bring blood donation centres closer to donors and the communities. The first satellite blood bank was opened at Woodlands in 2011, followed by a second one at Dhoby Ghaut in 2012. Together, they collected about one third of the national blood supply last year.

“The new blood bank is a critical part of our proactive effort to meet the blood transfusion needs of patients in Singapore... We hope that the residents in Jurong will rally together to adopt the Bloodbank@Westgate Tower as their own,” said Mr Benjamin William, Secretary General of the Singapore Red Cross.

“By locating the third satellite blood donation site right at the heart of the Jurong Lake District, we aim to ride on the accessibility of the area and the high human traffic to engage more in the Jurong community to donate,” said Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance

“The new centre is more convenient as it is just four MRT stops away from my home at Yew Tee,” Mr Aldwin Teo, 46, who had been donating blood close to 50 times since his National Service days

“The new bloodbank will enable me to donate more since my company has two offices - on Jurong Island and in Pioneer. It’s nearer and more convenient,” Mr Chow Yong Foo, 32, a four-time blood donor who is a first-line supervisor with ExxonMobil Singapore