Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blood Donation Singapore

On my birthday this year, decided to make it special by bringing my friend along for blood donation at Outram. I have started donating blood since my JC days and it all started when I saw a movie that depicted a scene of a disaster that caused many to be injured and bleeding profusely and many patients were 'left' to die as there were not enough blood in the storage.

In Singapore, because we are blessed and are not affected by earth quakes or war or riots that leaves people bleeding to death, many of us because of the fear of blood, the fear of pain, disregards the need to donate blood. But imagine, by donating blood, you could be saving a life - a life that God has placed on this earth.

What can a little of my blood do - as my friends always say:
Blood contains many life-saving components that can help to treat different illnesses and injuries. For many people, blood donors are their life-line.

Your blood donation could help save the life of an accident victim, a patient with severe anaemia, a person undergoing major surgery or even a newborn baby.

The platelets found in blood are used to treat leukaemia patients. A single patient often needs platelets from 10 or more donors, all within a short period of time.

Every hour of the day, 15 units of blood are used in Singapore. They need to collect at least 350 units a day, as a whopping 100,000 units are needed in a year, just to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Singapore.

And we are in lacking of it - especially blood type O
(To view storage count of blood types needed :

Do find time - just one of these days - to donate blood- Your half an hour can save lives - Your half an hour can help a family

The Procedure is very easy

1) Registration
Your personal particulars will be recorded and you will be asked to fill in a health assessment questionnaire.

2) Medical screening
A doctor or nurse will ask you about your medical and social history to confirm that you are fit to make a donation, after which your weight, blood pressure, pulse and body temperature will be taken

3) Blood test
Your blood haemoglobin level will be checked to ensure that you can make a donation.

4) Blood donation
Your arm will be cleaned, after which a local painkiller will be applied to ensure that you feel no pain during the donation.

Where you can donate
1) Blood mobile clinics

2) Blood Services Group
Health Sciences Authority (opposite Outram Park MRT Station)
11 Outram Road
Singapore 169078

For Whole Blood Donations

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Thursday
9 am – 6.30 pm

9 am – 8 pm

9 am – 4.30 pm

9 am – 2 pm

Monday & Public Holidays

Bus services available
33, 63, 75, 174, 851, 970

Nearest MRT : Outram Park

You never know when your donation of blood can save someone, or when someone decision to donate blood, can save your life.

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