Blood collection centre opened in Woodlands

It has become more convenient to donate blood, with the opening of a blood collection centre in Woodlands. 

The facility at Woodlands Civic Centre is the first fixed satellite blood collection centre set up by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). 

And part of its broader strategy to increase the number of fixed blood collection centres beyond the blood bank at Outram Road. 

The Bloodbank@HSA, which collects an average of 120 to 150 whole blood donations daily, is already running at full capacity. 

Fridays and Saturdays see the highest number of donors - up to 400 - coming forward to donate blood. 

As an alternative fixed blood collection site, the Bloodbank@Woodlands will possibly ease congestion and shorten waiting times for donors during peak periods at the main site at Outram Road. 

HSA targets to collect 50-100 units of blood per day from the Bloodbank@Woodlands. 

This will represent about 20% of the daily collection. 

HSA says although Singapore’s national blood needs are currently met, demographic changes such as population growth and an aging population have resulted in an expansion of our healthcare facilities and demand for more advanced medical procedures. 

Collectively, these translate to a greater need for blood. 

Ten years ago, the blood bank collected only 60,000 units of blood a year. 

Today, blood collection needs to be almost doubled to sufficiently meet the transfusion needs of patients annually. 

The national blood requirement increased by 5% in 2010 and is expected to continue to increase between 3 to 5% per year for the next 5 years. 

If donors respond positively to the new blood centre, HSA says it will look into increasing the number of similar fixed satellite sites over the next three years. 

HSA says these new fixed satellite blood collection centres will be easily accessible from most parts of Singapore and provide convenient places for donors to donate blood regularly. 

They will also be designed around the needs of residents to be community hubs for blood donation. 

To encourage blood donation as a part of the community’s lifestyle, HSA will be working closely with the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) and grassroots organisations to develop programmes and activities to heighten awareness about this meaningful cause and make it relevant to residents.