Blood Donation Process

Donating blood is a safe, simple, and rewarding experience that usually only takes 10 - 15 minutes.

Before You Donate

To donate blood, find a Varma Union Hospital Blood Bank near you using Google Map locator.  An ideal doner should be

When You Arrive at the Varma Union Blood Bank Donation Center

  • When you sign in, you will be asked to complete a donor registration form, which includes your name, address, phone number, and various other types of demographic information.

Pre-Donation Screening

  • During pre-donation screening, a blood bank employee will ask you some questions about your health, lifestyle, and disease risk factors. All of this information is confidential.
  • Next, an employee will perform a short health exam, taking your pulse, temperature, and blood pressure.
  • A drop of blood from your finger will also be tested to ensure that your blood iron level is sufficient for you to donate. All medical equipment used for this test, as well as during the donation process, is sterile, used only once, and then disposed of.

Blood Donation

  • Once the pre-donation screening is finished, you will proceed to a donor bed where your arm will be cleaned with an antiseptic, and a professional will use a blood donation kit to draw blood from a vein in your arm.
  • During the donation process, you will donate one unit of blood; this takes about six to ten minutes.


  • Following your donation, you will receive refreshments in the refreshment & recovery area, where you can stay until you feel strong enough to leave.
  • After donating, it is recommended that you increase your fluid intake for the next 24 to 48 hours; avoid strenuous physical exertion, heavy lifting, or pulling with the donation arm for about five hours; and eat well-balanced meals for the next 24 hours. After donating, smoking and alcohol consumption is not recommended
  • Although donors seldom experience discomfort after donating, if you feel light-headed, lie down until the feeling passes. If some bleeding occurs after removal of the bandage, apply pressure to the site, and raise your arm for three to five minutes. If bruising or bleeding appears under the skin, apply a cold pack periodically to the bruised area during the first 24 hours, then warm, moist heat intermittently.
  • If you have any questions concerning your donation or experience any unexpected problems, contact Varma Union Blood Bank.