World Blood Donor Day is celebrated annually on June 14th. It is a day set aside to recognise persons who donate blood to save the lives of persons who require emergency blood transfusions, either voluntarily [to recipients they do not know] or electively [to recipients they know].
The staff at the Blood Bank, San Fernando General Hospital held a donor appreciation function under the 2017 theme “Don’t wait until disaster strikes – What can you do? Give blood. Give often. Give now.” They underscored the importance of giving blood especially in response to the increase in the demand for blood, the strict screening process to ensure that the blood is safe for transfusion and expand the donor base by carrying the message forward to a wider audience.
Three key points to note:
- A male donor can give blood every 3 months
- A female donor can give blood every 4 months
- Unused blood expires after 35 days
For further information please contact:
Blood Bank, San Fernando General Hospital
225-Heal (4325) ext. 13215
Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Caption: Mrs. Gail Miller-Meade, CEO (Ag) being pre-screened for blood donation