Blood Donation Process

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Giving blood is simple and it saves lives. When you give blood, it is collected so it can be used to treat someone else.  Life-threatening patients lives depend on you. Thank you for taking your time and effort to give blood.

For most people, giving blood is easy and follows the simple steps listed below.

Before you give blood

  1. Ensure you are able to give blood: you are in good health and age between 18 to 60 (65 years old can give blood if donor is giving  at least once yearly after 60 years), not taking any non-prescribed drugs and has a healthy life style etc. See below, Donor-Information0001
  2. Come to blood bank or any sub-offices at regional hospitals: Ag. Jeetoo (Port Louis), Central Flacq Hospital, SSR Hospital (Pamplemousses), JN Hospital (Rose Belle) and NBTS – Candos.You can also attend Mobile Blood Collections.
  3. You may wish to call on 427 7192 for further information

When you give blood
This is what will happen when you attend your appointment, or go to a drop-in session, to give blood. If you attend an appointment to give blood we aim to ensure it takes no more than an hour.

1. Welcome and preparation
We will ask you to read our Donor Information sheet(pdf) which explains the importance of blood safety. It’s important to read this whenever you attend because advice does change.  You will be given a Medical Questionnaire to fill.

2. Health screening
We make sure it is safe for you to donate, and that your blood donation is safe for a patient to receive.

  • We confirm your Identity Card (mandatory) and ask you about the information on your donor health check form; a registered nurse may follow up if necessary.
  • We test a drop of blood from your finger to check the iron levels (haemoglobin) in your blood. If it meets the requirements that is: 13.5 g/dl for men and 12.5 g/dl for women)

If you are not able to donate we will explain why, and may ask you to make another appointment.

If you are able to donate you will be asked to wait for a few minutes  until you are called to a donate.

3. Your blood donation
When you are comfortable on the chair a nursing staff/phlebotomist will ask you to confirm your name, address and date of birth.

We examine your arm and place a cuff on your arm to maintain a small amount of pressure during donation (this does not measure blood pressure).

We then examine your arm to find a suitable vein and clean it with a swab/piece of cotton.

  1. We will insert a needle in your arm which will collect your blood into a blood bag with your unique donor number through a barcode.
  2. You should not feel any discomfort or pain. If you do, tell a member of staff.
  3. 450ml  of blood will be removed. This usually takes between 5-10 minutes.
  4. The needle will be removed and a sterile dressing applied to your arm.

4. Resting and Refreshments
You are requested to wait for 15 minutes and will be given refreshments. This will help ensuring that before you leave donation area, you are  fine.

  1. As per the Donor Information sheet  guidelines,  if you smoke cigarettes, you are advised to abstained from smoking for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drink plenty of water or fruit juice. Abstain from coffee before and after giving blood.


For further information, please contact us: 427 0711/ 427 7192 / 424 0650 / 424 4766 / 5254 3932.

If you have any complaints: Call: 424 0650/ 424 4766 or 5254 3932. Email: