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Blood Transfusion Services

About the National Blood Transfusion Service
The National Blood Transfusion Service (otherwise known as the "Blood Bank") collects, screens and distributes a safe, adequate supply of blood and blood components (such as plasma, red blood cells and platelets)

The National Blood Transfusion Service is also responsible for the supply of blood to meet medical needs. Our health system relies on a continuous supply of blood from volunteer donors.  Donating blood is safe, easy and essential for the health of our nation

Target Group
Persons in need of blood for medical purposes


Trinidad and Tobago blood donation

In Trinidad and Tobago, just over 20,000 units of blood are donated by the members of the public annually. However, the WHO recommends that we should collect one unit for every 20people every year. Given the size of our population, we actually need 65,000 units of blood per year. The need for blood is increasing in Trinidad and Tobago and young people can make an important contribution by donating blood and by recruiting other young people to become donors.

Who can donate blood?
The Ministry of Health is appealing to all persons who eligible to donate blood to become a voluntary blood donor. Donated blood from just one(1) erson could save up to three(3) lives. A person is eligible to be avolunatary blood donor if: 

  1. He/she is in general good helath.
  2. He/she is between the ages of 18 and 65.
  3. He/she weighs more than one hundred and ten (110) pounds.

How can I donate blood?
Blood can be donated by anyone meeting the health criteria for donating blood:

  1. Visit any of our Blood Bank Services
  2. Fill out a registration form and an interview will be conducted.
  3. For you own safety, you will be asked for information: your medical history and a mini-medical examination will be done.
  4. If you are selected to make a donation, your blood will be tested for certain infections before use, including HIV, Viral Hepatitis B and C, HTLVI, Syphilis and Chagas Disease.
  5. You will be notified in the event of a positive result for any of these tests. Your blood is also tested for haemoglobin concentration.

A nurse (trained Phlebotomist) will draw your blood.  There is a 15 minute mandatory rest period after giving blood before you are allowed to leave the centre.

Where can I go to donate blood?
The National Blood Transfusion Unit (NBTU), Ministry of Health is the only authorized blood collection agency.

There are six(6) fixed blood collection centres:

  • McDonald Jorsling Building, 160 Charlotte Street, Port of Spain.
  • Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt. Hope.
  • Sangre Grande County Hospital.
  • Scarbrough Regional Hospital.
  • San Fernando General Hospital.
  • Point Fortin Area Hospital.


A modile collection service is operated in conjuction with the Friends of the Blood Bank Assocication (FBBA), a non-governmental organization.


Remember, your donated blood, could save up to three(3) lives.

Friends of the Blood Bank
(160 Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain)



Blood Donation Services Site (Port of Spain)
opposite Memorial Park, Port of Spain

Phone: (868)-623-8250, (868)-624-7524

National Blood Transfusion Service
Port-of-Spain General Hospital
Charlotte Street,
Phone: (868)-627-2619, (868)-623-8204

Blood Bank
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
Champs Fleurs
Phone: (868)-645-2640 ext. 2008

Blood Bank
San Fernando General Hospital
Phone: (868)-652-1121

Blood Bank
Sangre Grande General Hospital
Katwaroo Trace Entrance
Sangre Grande
Phone: (868) 668-2468/2288 ext. 147

Blood Bank
Tobago General Hospital,
Phone: (868)-660-4744 ext. 0399, 3098


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