Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kuwait Central Blood Bank Updated


Kuwait's health system is something we can talk about which will lead to many posts. But for this particular post, I would like to talk about the Central Blood Bank which is located in Jabriya next to Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital. I have been to the blood bank on many occasions, not on the receiving side but to give blood. My friends and me used to give blood when we were studying at college in India and it kind of became a habit. One fine day, I dropped by at the Kuwait Central Blood Bank after I was able to located it on Google Maps.There is sufficient parking available and also one can get down (By Bus) at Al-Bahar Center, Tunis Street, Hawally and walk 200 meters to the Blood Bank. The timings for the Blood bank are as follows:
  • Sunday - Thursday - 7 am to 8:30 pm
  • Friday - 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Saturday - 7 am to 7 pm
The process of giving blood is simple for first timers or for regular donors. Once you enter, you just have to give your Civil ID card so that they can check their system. For first timers, they will ask you to give some basic information like phone number and language of preference for answering the questionnaire. My language preference is entered as English so whenever I give my civil ID they just print out the questionnaire in English for me, while for my friends who opted for Arabic it prints out in Arabic every single time (unless you feel like changing it). Once I answer the basic questions (look below for the sample of the questionnaire), my blood pressure, Blood sugar and body temperature is monitored and entered into the system. If the values are other than normal, then you can visit the doctors in the next cabin to get a free consultation. Once you enter the blood donation room, it is time to sit back and relax and let the nurses take care of the process. It varies from 5- 25 minutes. During that time you can browse through your smart phone , no restrictions applied here for the phones. You get a complimentary juice (KDD). One can return back, to give blood after a period of 2-4 months. Also many government bodies and companies organize Blood Donation Camps once in a while on their own premises (under the watchful eye of the Kuwait Central Blood Bank or the Ministry of Health), one can give during those campaigns.

UPDATE (16/08/2013): Regular Timings
  • Sunday to Thursday - 7 am to 9 pm
  • Friday - 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Saturday - 7 am to 7 pm.
UPDATE (29/06/2014): Ramadan Timings
  • Saturday to Thursday - 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Saturday to Thursday - 8 pm to 1 am.
  • Friday - 8 pm to 1 am.
Twitter account for the Kuwait Central Blood Bank ( KCBB) : CLICK HERE.
Instagram account for the Kuwait Central Blood Bank (KCBB) : CLICK HERE.
Photo Courtesy to Kuwait Central Blood Bank Instagram
Kuwait Central Blood Bank Update 25/08/2013

Kuwait Central Blood Bank Update 25/08/2013




New type of Bandage applied to the forearm after giving blood


UPDATE (11/08/2014) : Kuwait Central Blood Bank timings for blood donations
  • Saturday - Thursday : 7:30 am to 8:30 pm.
  • Friday : 1 pm to 7 pm.
Instagram account - 11/08/2014

Twitter Account - 11/08/2014
UPDATE (11/08/2014): Ministry of Health has quashed reports which have been circulating about the Kuwait Central Blood Bank storage was running into Bankruptcy. Head of the KCCB Reem Al-Radwan reported on Sunday that the reports were 'groundless'. (Source: KUNA)

Due to the month of Ramadan and Eid-Al-Fitr, the donations were on a decline. Therefore the general storage reduced a little bit. MoH is intensifying blood donation campaigns to restore the strategic storage at the Central Blood Bank. Kuwait Army launches Blood Donation Campaign, CLICK HERE to see the article. Another Campaign took place in Ministry of Electricity and Water, MEW on Sunday, 10/08/2014. Both Citizens and Expatriates are encouraged to donate at Kuwait Central Blood Bank, Jabriya.
Update - 11/08/2014. Front Entrance

Update - 11/08/2014. The Flags on the top of the Banks need to be Changed.
UPDATE (Ramadan 1436 / 2015) : CLICK HERE to Check out the Ramadan Timings.

UPDATE (10/08/2015) : Timings updated
Photo Courtesy to kwbloodbank Instagram
Timings for Jabriya, Kuwait Central Blood Bank for Blood Donations

  • Sunday to Thursday - 7 am to 8 pm
  • Friday - 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Saturday - 7 am to 7 pm
Photo Courtesy to kwbloodbank Instagram
Timings for Jabriya, Kuwait Central Blood Bank for Platelet Donations (mainly when donating for patients undergoing surgery )
  • Sunday to Thursday - 7 am to 1 pm
  • Tuesday only - 7 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday - 7 am to 1 pm
Photo Courtesy to kwbloodbank Instagram
Platelet donors requirements - Age above 17 years and the weight of the person should be above 50 kgs. Also the interested donor should not be taking painkillers or antibiotics for 5 days before the donation process.
Blood Platelets donation is the second type of donation done at the Blood Bank, where the platelets are drawn through the separator device and the rest of the blood components are restored/returned to the donor. Usually done in Room No 5. Once the screening process is finished and the blood test report, Blood Pressure and other preliminary checks are done and verified. The donor is given a green signal for a go ahead for Platelet donations which can last up 90 minutes. So advice is to get a book to read or atleast charge your phones & get used to using it with a single hand.

The Apheresis Donation Unit is the location for Platelet Donations.

The Form is in English or Arabic depending on your choice of language.
This is for either Blood Donation or Platelet Donation.

Pre Donation Instruction for Platelet Donation in English

Pre Donation Instruction for Platelet Donation in Arabic

Letter of Consent for Platelet Donation

Pre Donation instruction for Apheresis Platelet Donors in English & Arabic
Just for your Information, with regard to Ebola Virus
The Application form created at the KCBB when a Patient needs Platelets.
based on the letter given by the hospital asking the blood bank to provide them with the required.
Update (30/05/2016): Timings

Jabriya Kuwait Central Blood Bank (Main Blood Bank)
  • Sunday to Thursday - 7am to 8pm
  • Friday - 1pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 7am to 6pm
Blood Bank - Adan Hospital branch
  • Sunday to Thursday - 8am to 1pm
  • Sunday to Thursday - 4pm to 8pm
Blood Bank - Jahra Hospital branch
  • Sunday to Thursday - 8am to 1pm
Blood Bank - Kuwait National Guard (KNG) branch
  • Sunday to Thursday - 8am to 1pm
Blood Bank - Amiri Hospital branch
  • Sunday to Thursday - 8am to 1pm
    Photo Courtesy to KCBB

Update (06/06/2016): Ramadan Timings

Kuwait Central Blood Bank - Jabriya (Source: CLICK HERE)
  • Sunday to Thursday: 10am - 2pm and 9pm -1am
  • Friday to Saturday: 9pm - 1am
Kuwait Blood Bank Branches Timing (Source: CLICK HERE)
  • Adan Hospital branch: Sunday to Thursday 9pm - 1am
  • Jahra Hospital branch: Sunday to Thursday 9pm - 1am
  • Al Amiri Center branch: Sunday to Thursday 8pm - 12midnight
  • KNG Shuwaikh branch: Sunday to Thursday 8pm - 12midnight
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