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Where To Donate Blood In Hong Kong

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Everything you need to know about becoming a blood donor in Hong Kong.

There’s no substitution for the blood. Patients with chronic diseases or those in need of surgery because of illness or accident count entirely on the generosity of people who donate. According to the SCMP, the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service saw 15,000 fewer people donate in 2017 and our blood donation rate is at a low. Your decision to give blood can save a life, with a single donation having the ability to help three or more people. Whether you’re thinking about donating blood for the first time or want to learn more about the procedure in Hong Kong, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know and where to go.

Jump to:
Who can donate
What to do before you donate
What to expect
Where to go

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Who can donate

There are two types of blood donation: whole blood donation and apheresis donation. For a first time donor, you must in good health, weigh over 41kgs, and be between the ages 16 to 66 (if you’re over 66, you can still be accepted for whole blood donation up to your 76th birthday).

Regular blood donors without adverse post-donation reactions are eligible for apheresis donation, provided that you have made at least two whole blood donations in Hong Kong. You must be between the ages of 18 to 60 (you can donate up to the age of 70 if certain conditions are met!), weigh over 60kgs, and be willing to donate blood at least once a month regularly.

In order to protect yourself and the recipient, the Blood Transfusion Service screens each of its donors through health history questionnaires, haemoglobin and blood pressure checking, and more. For information on the frequency of blood donation, donating under the age of 18, and if your travel history permits you to donate, you can find out more via The Red Cross.

You can also check if you’re eligible for blood donation by taking this online test!

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What to do before you donate

  • Book an appointment.
  • Make sure to eat something within four hours before donating and have iron-rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals or raisins.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before your donation and stay hydrated, it’s advised to drink an extra half litre of water before your appointment.
  • Wear a top with sleeves you can roll up above your elbows.
  • Make sure you have your Hong Kong Identity Card or a valid travel document ready to present to the nurses upon arrival.
  • Make a list of any medication you’re on as well as notes on your health history, ready to share with the nurse.

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What to expect

The donation process is quite straightforward. Once you arrive at a donation centre, fill out a registration form and you will be directed to a nurse who will perform a haemoglobin test and general screening, which includes taking your temperature, blood pressure and asking you a couple of questions about your health history.

Once everything is good to go, a nurse will disinfect your skin and apply a local anaesthetic before the venepuncture (all needles are sterilised and used only once to protect donors from any potential infections). A blood sample will be taken to confirm your blood type and check for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, syphilis and human T-lymphotropic virus. The whole donating process will take 7 to 12 minutes. After you’re done, the centre will provide you with refreshments and small bites to enjoy (to replenish the fluid lost)!

Bruising is completely normal and can occasionally occur after the donation if there is bleeding underneath the skin. It should disappear on its own, but you can apply a cold compress on the venepuncture site if you’re in any discomfort. Make sure you read Hong Kong Red Cross’ post-donation advice if you’re unsure of anything.

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Where to go

With centres across Hong Kong, find your closest one and give them a call to inquire about booking in for a donation. First-time donors should be sent a donor card between four to six weeks after donating blood and you can check when you’ll be able to donate again using its eDONOR platform, which you’ll create once you’ve signed all the forms upon arrival.

Hong Kong
Kowloon
New Territories

Hong Kong Island

Causeway Bay Donor Centre

When: Daily, 11am to 8pm
Where: Plaza 2000, 14/F,  2-4 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: 2834 2084

Central District Donor Centre

When: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: Tung Ming Building, 1/F, 40-42 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Contact: 2526 1420

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Kowloon

Kwun Tong Donor Centre

When: Daily, 11am to 8pm
Where: Millennium City 5, 23/F, Units 2301 & 2316, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 3148 1375

Mong Kok Donor Centre
To get here, enter the “Trendy Zone” Shopping Mall from Dundas Street and take the lift to the 15th floor.

When: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 9:30pm; Sunday and Public Holidays, 11am to 7pm
Where: Chow Tai Fook Centre, 15/F, 580A Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 2770 5930

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Campus Blood Donor Centre

When: Weekdays, 10am to 6pm
Where: Integrative Health Clinic, Room AG057, Core A, PolyU Campus, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 2766 5517, 6392 5779

West Kowloon Donor Centre
Services include whole blood donation, apheresis donation and bone marrow donor recruitment.

When: Daily, 9:30am to 6pm
Where: Hong Kong Red Cross Headquarters, 6/F, 19 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: 2507 7733

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New Territories

Sha Tin Donor Centre

When: Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Where: 1/F, 1A Shatin Centre Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Contact: 2603 0100

Tsuen Wan Donor Centre

When: Daily, 11am to 8pm
Where: 8 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: 2412 2378

Yuen Long Donor Centre

When: Daily, 11am to 7pm
Where: Yuen Long Landmark, 7/F, Unit 704-705, 7/F, 115-127 Yuen Long Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Contact: 2710 1234

For more information, you can also see the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service’s Info Pack.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by Lexi Davey on 5 April, 2018 on Sassy Hong Kong and updated by Sakina Abidi on 14 June, 2019.

Featured image courtesy of takasuu via Getty, image 1 courtesy of asiseeit via Getty, image 2 courtesy of Lily Banse via Unsplash, image 3 courtesy of monkeybusinessimages via Getty, image 4, 5 courtesy of Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, image 6 courtesy of Tsuen Wan Donor Center via Facebook.

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