Some people fear donating blood. Not only because of the fear of being pricked by a needle, but mainly due to the factors that inhibit safe blood transfusion. Make sure wherever you are donating blood, the medical staff is using a new, sterile, disposable needle and has also adopted other safe practices to ensure safe blood transfusion. When you donate blood regularly, you help save a number of lives, especially those of Thalassemia patients who are in constant need of blood donations. The federal capital has around 20 blood centers. For your convenience, we have picked some of the most famous and trusted blood banks in Islamabad. Here’s a snapshot:
Famous Blood Banks In Islamabad Where You Can Donate Blood
- Jamila Sultana Foundation
- Blood Bank PIMS
- Shifa International Hospital
- Federal Government Services Hospital
- Red Crescent Hospital
- Husaini Blood Bank
Blood Bank PIMS
The blood bank at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) is a fully established department. It has been providing blood transfusion services ever since the department became operational. The Blood Bank at PIMS is well-equipped to deal with any kind of emergency situation. Whether there has been an accident or a calamity where many people at once require blood transfusion, PIMS has always come to the rescue.
Blood components like platelets and FFP are also provided to all patients. Whoever donates blood, the blood undergoes a thorough check to screen out for major life-threatening diseases like Hepatitis C and AIDS with sophisticated ELISA method. Besides this, detection of Rh antibody and other combination tests are done as well.
This famous blood bank in Islamabad also has the capability of performing medical procedures like plateletpheresis, plasmapheresis and leukopheresis.
One of the most trusted blood banks in Islamabad, PIMS Blood Centre is computerized and connected with hospital management information system of PIMS.
Address: G-8/3 G 8/3 G-8, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory
Jamila Sultana Foundation
Jamila Sultana Foundation (JF) – a health division of Global Pharmaceutical, Islamabad deals with the treatment and prevention of Thalassemia, which a genetically inherited blood disorder. The treatment of Thalassemia is expensive as it involves a continuous supply of blood and iron chelating medicine. At Jamila Sultana Foundation, the treatment for Thalassemia is provided free of cost to the patients. When donating blood at JF Blood Bank, you need to fill out a form stating your age, blood group and other details before donating blood.
Address: House 212, Street 12 Lane 6 , Chaklala Scheme 3 , Rawalpindi
Shifa International Hospital
At Shifa International Hospital, there are special services like Plasmapheresis, stem cell harvest, and single donor plateletpheresis apart from providing 24/7 blood donation services. At Shifa International Hospital Blood Transfusion Service Centre there are more than 10,000 blood donations a year. They also perform viral screening on more than 25,000 samples a year using state of the art equipment. They also claim to have supported liver transplant program in Pakistan by providing around 2,000 blood products on emergency basis for 35 liver transplant patients in one year.
If you are pregnant, or suffer from a life-threatening disease, then you can’t donate blood. Only those people who are healthy not very old – between 17 to 65 years old can easily give blood donation.
Address: Pitras Bukhari Road, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad
Pakistan Red Crescent Hospital
One of the most trusted blood banks in Islamabad is Pakistan Red Crescent Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) which has launched “Safe Blood Program.” It is governed by the Government of Pakistan National Blood Policy. It has eight blood banks located in different parts of the country. It is among the few licensed blood banks in Islamabad, it also serves as the Regional Blood Donor Centre (RBDC). Among its major contributions are: Supporting patients of Thalassemia, Hemophilia and Cancer patients and establishing emergency designated blood banks during calamities and disasters. It has organized various school-based awareness programs related to blood donation in Islamabad and also on safe blood transfusion practices.
Address: H-8/2 H 8/2 H-8, Islamabad
Husaini Blood Bank
Husaini Blood Bank with the support of Late Mr. Hamid D. Habib, chairman of Habib Trusts. According to its website, “Annually around 200,000 units of blood and its components are issued from Husaini Blood Bank from its branches all over Pakistan. The External Quality Assurance of the Blood Bank is done by College of American Pathologists (CAP) and External Quality Assurance Service (EQAS), Europe.” This makes it one of the most trusted blood banks of Islamabad.
Address: H-8/2 H 8/2 H-8, Islamabad
Before you donate blood to save lives at these famous blood banks in Islamabad, make sure you fit the eligibility criteria of blood donation, also check out its usefulness and the 4-step process.
Who can donate blood?
- A healthy individual weighing 50 kg or above
- Not having any iron deficiencies
- Is minimum 17 years old
- You can’t donate if you have any infections, cold and flu
- If you are on antibiotics then also it is advised not to donate blood
- If you are not at risk of transferring any life-threatening diseases through blood like Hepatitis C, AIDS, Dengue and even Malaria.
Where are your blood donations used?
- People who have severe anemia are in need of blood transfusion
- Thalassemia patients
- In cases of any calamity and trauma
- In cancer patients
- Women who undergo complications in pregnancies
A 4-step process to donate blood
- First you register yourself by filling out a form
- A physical exam where your health is checked
- Blood donation takes only ten minutes
- You get free snacks and refreshments after you have donated blood (in some centers)
It’s a wrap for our list of the most trusted blood banks in Islamabad. If you happen to live in the city of lights, then don’t forget to donate blood at only the registered blood banks in Karachi. Also, make sure you take all safety precautions before donating blood. For more informative posts, subscribe to Zameen Blog, the best lifestyle and tourism blog in Pakistan. If you have any queries or want to give any suggestions, then do write to us at email@example.com