(Credit: Information provided by the QEW website)
Every day someone needs blood. The gift of a blood donation helps patients from all ages and situations – from accident, burn and trauma victims, surgery patients, and those fighting diseases like cancer and sickle cell anemia.
The number of volunteer donors in Barbados is too small to meet the demand of the population for blood. A reliable supply of blood from donors with different blood groups is needed throughout the year to help maintain our goal of 5000 units of blood per year.
How Your Donation is Used
Your gift of donated blood is used for the treatment of cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, cardiac procedures, trauma victims and more. Each whole blood donation can help save up to three lives.
What is a Volunteer Donor?
A volunteer donor is one who decides voluntarily to donate blood and donates repeatedly. This individual also knows he or she is healthy and wants to remain healthy and is positively motivated to donate blood.
The traditional approach to blood donation depends mainly on replacement donors, i.e. the patient needs blood, relatives and friends of the patient are requested to donate blood. We would love to phase out family replacement donation, and achieve 100% voluntary blood donors.
The National Blood Collecting Centre strongly encourages those persons who come out to make donations in support of family members and friends to make a commitment to become regular voluntary donors; and we also want to thank the existing pool of voluntary donors and encourage them to continue to donate regularly.
Donating is Easy
The entire process takes about 1 hour with registration followed by a screening interview and about 10 to 15 minutes to make your blood donation. Most people between the ages of 18 and 70 can make a donation.
The National Blood Collecting Centre is located in Ladymeade Gardens, St. Michael
Opening hours are :
Monday to Friday : 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Saturday : 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For more information and FAQ, visit the QEW website.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, persons desirous of donating blood are asked to call 429-4307 or 836-7993 to make an appointment. Only persons who have made an appointment and are scheduled to donate blood will be allowed access to the facility.