SEHA's blood banks adhere to the most stringent international standards in the handling of blood and blood products, ensuring the highest levels of patient safety. Highly qualified physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff make certain that blood supply across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is safe and meets the needs of the healthcare community. Each donor is interviewed and examined by a blood bank physician, and all blood is tested for infectious diseases.
Why donate blood?
Blood donation is a generous act that helps save people's lives – one may even be a member of your family! Each unit of blood can be separated into several components (red blood cells, plasma, platelets, and cryoprecipitate) so your single donation could save the lives of several people.
Who can donate?
Any healthy adult aged 18-65 who weighs at least 50kg.
Who cannot donate?
• People who have had recent surgery or are taking certain medications.
• Anyone with a chronic medical condition or infectious disease.
• Pregnant women and women who have given birth in the past few months.
What are the types of blood donation?
There are several methods of donating blood and blood components:
• Volunteer blood donation – donating one unit (about 450 ml) of blood.
• Autologous donation – patients donate and store their own blood before an elective surgery. These donations should be made at least one or two weeks before the scheduled surgery.
• Replacement blood donation – donating to replace blood given earlier to a friend or relative.
How safe and easy is it to donate?
Blood donation is totally safe. A small bruise may appear at the pricking point, and your body will compensate the volume of blood you have donated within 24 hours. It is not possible to acquire any disease because new disposable sterilized equipment is used for each donation. A very small number of donors (fewer than 0.5%) experience slight discomfort during or immediately after donation.
Who benefits from your donated blood?
Anyone in the UAE who needs blood, such as: accident and fire victims, anemia patients, people with bleeding disorders, patients undergoing surgery, and cancer patients.
What are the benefits to the donor?
Donating blood may reduce the risk of heart diseases and strokes. It may also stimulate the bone marrow to produce new blood cells and prevent iron accumulation.
How often can I donate?
Whole blood can be donated every 2-3 months, although donation of plasma or platelets (in a process called apheresis) requires only a month's wait. As blood can be donated every 2-3 months, please consider being a regular donor!
What to bring?
The only requirement is proper identification: your UAE ID card, passport photocopy, or driving license.
First, the health team will ask you to complete a medical questionnaire to assess if you are eligible to donate blood. They will also measure your blood pressure, weight, temperature, and hemoglobin.
The health team will then take one unit of blood (about 450 ml, around 8% of your total blood volume), which will take 10 to 15 minutes. After the donation you will rest a few minutes and refreshments will be served to supply quick energy. The entire procedure will take around 45 minutes.
You will be advised to drink plenty of fluids for the next 24 hours and to be careful not to lift heavy objects. Do not smoke for six hours and avoid being in high places, as you may feel dizzy.
Where to donate?
Abu Dhabi Blood Bank
Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, located in the Khalidia area of Abu Dhabi City, is managed by the Laboratory Medicine department of SKMC. Supplying blood 24 hours a day, Abu Dhabi Blood Bank functions as the major blood source for SKMC and the majority of Abu Dhabi's hospitals.
Abu Dhabi Blood Bank is open for blood donations from Sunday to Thursday from 07:00 to 22:00 and on Saturday from 07:00 to 15:00.
A staff member is on duty after hours, seven days a week, to issue blood and blood products to hospitals on demand. Every year, Abu Dhabi Blood Bank supplies more than 27,000 units of blood, a total of over 45,000 blood products.
Call the toll-free number 800 8722 to arrange your blood donation, or click here for more information on Abu Dhabi Blood Bank.
Al Ain Regional Blood Bank
Al Ain Regional Blood Bank, located in the Al Jimi area, is managed by Tawam Hospital and supplies blood 24 hours a day, functioning as the major blood source for Tawam and other hospitals in Al Ain.
Al Ain Regional Blood Bank is open Sunday to Thursday from 08:00 to 22:00, and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays.
Call the toll-free number 800 8722 to arrange your blood donation, or click here for more information on Al Ain Regional Blood Bank.
Mobile Blood Bank
Some Government and private organizations and universities make special arrangements for SEHA's Mobile Blood Bank to visit so that staff and students can make donations. To arrange a visit, please call +971 3 762 3088.