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Health Sciences Authority

Blood Donation Process

Blood donation is a safe procedure and easy process. All our blood bank staff observe strict hygiene protocols. The equipment used in blood collection (e.g. needles, swabs, gauze, tubing, etc.) are new, sterile, and discarded after one use. It takes about 45 minutes and up to 90 minutes for apheresis donation. Read on to find out more about the donation process

You need one identity proof for registration, a contactable address and a telephone number in Singapore within the next 3 months. If you are below 18 years old, you will also need a signed parental consent form.

1) Registration
Your personal particulars will be recorded and you will be asked to fill out a health assessment questionnaire.
2) Medical screening
A health screener will ask you about your medical, travel 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.
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4) Blood donation
Your arm will be cleaned, after which a local painkiller will be applied to ensure that you feel minimal pain during the donation. The actual withdrawal of blood takes about 5 to 10 minutes and about 350 – 450 ml of blood is collected.
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5) Refreshments
After the donation, you are advised to rest for 10 to 15 minutes and have some light refreshments before resuming normal activities. Here are some tips on Post-donation care.