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BLOOD DONATION

The way things currently stand, no synthetic drugs or treatments are able to take the place of human blood or its derived labile blood products. Which makes blood an irreplaceable product.

Why give blood?


Because the way things currently stand, no medicine can take the place of human blood or of its components. Which makes human blood an irreplaceable product to this very day. As such, each day, hundreds of patients or people who suffered an accident need a transfusion to stay alive and to convalesce. Which is why we need your generosity and your donations every single day!

What is the blood donation used for?


Once the blood is collected from a donor, the various blood components, i.e. the , the and the , are separated, processed and prepared to be transported to hospitals as and when they need them.

Broken down into 3 blood products, your blood donation can help 3 people!

In which kind of situations are red blood cells transfused?


  • Accidents: in situations where the patient is haemorrhaging as a result of various kinds of accidents (road accidents, emergency situations, etc.).
     
  •  Surgical interventions or childbirth: after a surgical intervention or for certain childbirths.
     
  • For people who are anaemic or who are undergoing chemotherapy.
     
  • Genetic diseases: for patients suffering from certain genetic diseases that affect the red blood cells and who need blood transfusions throughout their entire lives. Example: sickle cell disease, thalassemia major, etc.

How does a blood donation work?


You can either attend a collection or go to a permanent blood collection centre. You will first be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. You will then be seen by a doctor for a (free) confidential medical interview to assess whether donating blood does not pose any risk to yourself or to the blood recipient, in consideration of:
o your current health status;
o your medical and surgical history;
o medicines you are on or have been on;
o travels you have undertaken;
o any risk behaviour.

Once the doctor has authorised your donation, you will be invited to make a blood donation. Depending on your blood volume, which is established in consideration of your weight and your height, on average we collect between 430ml and 470ml of blood.

Small tip: before you make your way to one of our collections, only have a light meal and make sure you are well hydrated! 

durATION

On average, the actual blood donation takes around 10 minutes. On top of this you will obviously need to add the time for the pre-donation medical interview, as well as for the post-collection refreshment and rest. In all, the entire blood donation process takes approximately 45 minutes.

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You may give a maximum of 4 blood donations per year (365 days) with at least 2 months between 2 donations.

WITHOUT PRIOR APPOINTMENT

You do not need to make an appointment to come and donate blood. We welcome donors during the opening hours of our permanent blood collection centres and at our mobile collections.

Donating is a responsible, voluntary and charitable gesture that goes unpaid.

ARE YOU LOOKING TO DONATE BLOOD?

Complete our online questionnaire or read up on the conditions and the contraindications before attending a collection!

Do the test

BLOOD DONATION

Do you have questions regarding the blood donation?

Consult our FAQ

Do you have questions?

 

Contact us at 0800 92 245 or send us a mail at info@croix-rouge.be.

 

You can also consult our  « Donor guide » and « Le don de sang (French) » brochures;

 

Give it a go in a safe and friendly environment that puts people first!