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Blood Transfusion Services

Blood Transfusion Services is overseen by the National Blood Transfusion Service

 

The mission of the National Blood Transfusion Service is to provide safe and appropraite blood and blood componenets in a timely manner to all public and private health institutions.

The National Blood Transfusion Service collects, screens and distributes a safe, adequate
supply of blood and blood components (such as plasma, red blood cells and platelets) to meet
the medical needs of the country. It is the only authorized blood collection agency in
Trinidad and Tobago.
 
There are six (6) blood collection centres located at the major hospitals across Trinidad and
Tobago and a Mobile Unit operated by the Friends of the Blood Bank Association.
  • Port-of-Spain General Hospital – 160 Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain
  • Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex – Uriah Butler Highway, Champs Fleurs
  • Sangre Grande Hospital – Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande
  • Scarborough General Hospital – Connector Road, Signal Hill, Scarborough, Tobago
  • San Fernando General Hospital – Paradise Pasture, Independence Avenue, San
    Fernando
  • Point Fortin Area Hospital – Volunteer Road, Mahaica Road, Point Fortin

Trinidad and Tobago blood donation

In Trinidad and Tobago, just over 20,000 units of blood are donated by the members of the public annually. However, the WHO recommends that we should collect one unit for every 20people every year. Given the size of our population, we actually need 65,000 units of blood per year. The need for blood is increasing in Trinidad and Tobago and young people can make an important contribution by donating blood and by recruiting other young people to become donors.

Who can donate blood?
The Ministry of Health is appealing to all persons who eligible to donate blood to become a voluntary blood donor. Donated blood from just one(1) erson could save up to three(3) lives. A person is eligible to be avolunatary blood donor if: 

  1. He/she is in general good helath.
  2. He/she is between the ages of 18 and 65.
  3. He/she weighs more than one hundred and ten (110) pounds.

How can I donate blood?
Blood can be donated by anyone meeting the health criteria for donating blood:

  1. Visit any of our Blood Bank Services
  2. Fill out a registration form and an interview will be conducted.
  3. For you own safety, you will be asked for information: your medical history and a mini-medical examination will be done.
  4. If you are selected to make a donation, your blood will be tested for certain infections before use, including HIV, Viral Hepatitis B and C, HTLVI, Syphilis and Chagas Disease.
  5. You will be notified in the event of a positive result for any of these tests. Your blood is also tested for haemoglobin concentration.

A nurse (trained Phlebotomist) will draw your blood.  There is a 15 minute mandatory rest period after giving blood before you are allowed to leave the centre.

 

Contact

Blood Donation Services Site (Port of Spain)
opposite Memorial Park, Port of Spain

Phone: (868)-623-8250, (868)-624-7524


Blood Bank
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
Champs Fleurs
Phone: (868)-645-2640 ext. 2008


Blood Bank
San Fernando General Hospital
Phone: (868)-652-1121


Blood Bank
Sangre Grande General Hospital
Katwaroo Trace Entrance
Sangre Grande
Phone: (868) 668-2468/2288 ext. 147


Blood Bank
Tobago General Hospital,
Scarborough
Phone: (868)-660-4744 ext. 0399, 3098




 



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