Blood Transfusion Service
Blood is a life saving drug in the form of liquid (5 liters) circulating in the human body.Blood transfusion service is an integral part of health care system. It is committed to provide adequate, safe and quality blood and blood components to meet the needs of the general public in the State. It aims to achieve 100% collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated donors and also enhance the rational usage of blood and blood components.
TANSACS/TNSBTC supports 89 blood banks which are functioning in Government Hospitals in the State, out of 89 blood banks, 34 blood banks are functioning as Blood Component Separation Units.
Mobile Blood Collection Units:
In order to facilitate the blood donation activity, TANSACS have two Mobile Blood Collection Buses and 17 Blood Collection/ Transportation Vans. The mobile collection Buses and Vans are attached to:
Govt Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, Chennai - 1 Bus (NACO provided)
Govt Rajaji Hospital, Madurai - 1 Bus (NACO provided)
Govt Medical College Hospitals - 17 Vans
Blood is often separated into Components such as Whole blood, Platelets, Fresh Frozen Plasma(FFB), Packed Cells(RBC) and Cryoprecipitate and then given to patients what they need. The advantage is we make the use of blood donation to maximum benefit. Therefore, one unit of blood (350/450ml) collected from the donor will be given to at least 3 needy patients.
Who can donate blood ?
Any healthy person (Male and Female) with clean habits in the age group of 18-65 can donate blood once in 3 months regularly. During blood donation we are donating only 350 /450ml from the 5 liters of blood available in the body.
Where one can donate blood ?
Blood donation facility is available in the blood banks attached to all the Govt. Medical College Hospitals in the State. It is also available in the VBD camps organized by the different donor organization at your nearest area.
Whom to contact ?
A person who wishes to donate blood can contact the concerned blood bank medical officer in the district or in the toll free no. 1800 419 1800.
Is there any charges / payments to receive blood from the Govt. Blood Banks ?
Blood and Blood components are available in all blood banks in the Govt. Hospitals at free of cost based on the request made by the doctor who is treating the patient.In case of the request made by the Private Hospital for want of blood the patient has to pay an amount of Rs.500/- as service charge for obtaining any blood and blood components.
Blood collection details in the State
The average total units of blood collected in Tamil Nadu through Govt and Private blood banks are 8.80 lakhs out of which 3.65 lakhs are collected through Govt. blood banks. Around 99% of the total units of blood collected in all Govt. blood banks in the state are mainly through voluntary blood donation.