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Full-time operations resume at Ntn'l Chest Hospital blood collection centre

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 9:37 PM
The centre will be opened from 9 a.m to 2 p.m Mondays to Fridays and on Saturdays from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

The Health Ministry says full-time operation has resumed at blood collection centre at the National Chest Hospital in St Andrew.

The centre, located at 36 ½ Barbican Road, will be opened from 9 a.m to 2 p.m Mondays to Fridays and on Saturdays from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

The centre's operation shut down more than 10 years ago because there was not enough donors at the time to make it viable.

However, amid COVID requirements for social distancing, it is now being reopened to alleviate crowding at other facilities.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said the reopening of the centre will make three the number of locations in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, where persons may donate blood. 

The other locations are the University Hospital of the West Indies in Mona, St Andrew and the National Blood Transfusion Centre at 21 Slipe Pen Road in Kingston.

When donating blood

1. Present a government-issued identification to the blood transfusion centre.
2. Observe sanitisation measures at points of registration, interview and donation.
3. Cooperate with a request for a temperature check
4. Wear a mask

How to donate blood

1. You may walk in at any blood collection centre OR
2. You may make an appointment and pre-register online at nbts.gov.jm via the 'Appointment/Pre Register' tab. The donor will receive an email confirmation with the date and time to visit the collection centre.

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