Virtual Blood Bank

A GCC Initiative to Reach Appropriate Blood Donors to Blood Receivers

Tips for Donating

Donation Instructions

  • Please have a good meal at least 3 hours before donating blood
  • Please accept the snacks offered to you after the donation. It is important and you should have them. You are recommended to have a good meal later
  • Please avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation
  • You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation


Benefits of the Donor

  • Donating blood may reduce the risk of heart disease and stimulate the generation of red blood cells
  • The amount of toxic chemicals (e.g., mercury, pesticides, fire retardants, etc.) circulating in the blood stream is reduced by the amount contained in the donated blood
  • The good news is you can donate blood again and again to help saving more lives
  • If you are a regular blood donor, you can donate blood once in every 12 weeks