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To the donor

Pärnu Hospital Blood Center is waiting for you in Pärnu, Metsa Street 1.

Donor reception:

Mon, Wed, Fri 08.00 - 13.00

Tue, Thu 13.00 - 17.00

Opening hours may change in summer!

 

We are looking forward to welcoming our regular donors and all those who meet the following criteria and wish to help those in need. Giving blood is the simplest way to do good..

Every one of us, a child, a parent, a friend, may need a blood transfusion during our lifetime. Blood cannot be produced industrially, it is living tissue and the only source of it is another kindhearted person.

 

In Estonia, blood donation is voluntary and unpaid.

Blood can be donated at Pärnu Blood Center:

  • citizen of the Republic of Estonia;

  • a non-citizen who holds an identity document issued in Estonia (alien's passport, ID card, residence permit card) and has lived in Estonia for at least the last 3 months.

Always bring an identity document with you when donating blood!

At Pärnu Blood Center, you can fill in a questionnaire and talk to a medical professional in Estonian, Russian or English.

 

Become a donor if you:

are healthy, well rested and have eaten;

weigh over 50kg;

are 18-65 years of age.

 

Men can donate blood every two months, women every three months.

 

You are not eligible to donate if you are:

  • infected with the HIV virus or think you may be a carrier of the HIV virus;

  • have had or become infected with hepatitis B or C or think you may be a carrier of the hepatitis virus (NB: After hepatitis A, blood may be donated one year after recovery);

  • have been an injecting drug user;

  • having sex for money or drugs;

  • your lifestyle or sexual behavior may endanger the patient's health.

 

You are temporarily ineligible for donation if:

  • you are currently suffering from an acute illness;

  • you drank alcohol the day before or on the same day as the blood donation;

  • during the last year you have traveled to exotic countries with malaria or other rare infections in Estonia;

  • you or your partner have had a blood transfusion in the last six months, you or your partner have received acupuncture, tattoos or skin piercings in the last six months;

  • you have had sexual contact with a person at risk of infection during the last year (HIV carrier, injecting drug user, person who had sex with money or drugs, etc.);

  • women should not donate blood during menstruation and for 3 days after menstruation, during pregnancy, 6 months after delivery and during breastfeeding;

  • you have been bitten by a tick, blood donation is allowed after 2 months if you are healthy.

 

Get ready for a blood donation!

Come donate blood when you are healthy, feel well and have had adequate rest. We recommend at least 8 hours of good sleep the night before. Make sure you eat balanced meals in the days leading up to your donation and have a nutritious breakfast on the day. If you are donating blood in the afternoon, please ensure you have had lunch. Drinking enough liquid is also important and we recommend water, juices, and tea. Please avoid alcohol the day before the donation and avoid smoking for several hours before as well.

 

Blood donation at a blood center:

  • personal and contact details will be checked at each visit (always bring an identity document, residence card if necessary);

  • fill in a questionnaire about your health and lifestyle;

  • during the consultation with your assigned medical professional, your medical history and questionnaire answers will be reviewed. Any questions regarding the procedure are also welcome.

The medical professional will decide whether to allow you to proceed with the donation.

  • be sure to drink a few glasses of water or juice before donating blood;

  • blood donation takes up to 10 minutes in a comfortable donor chair in a semi-reclining position;

  • after donating blood, be sure to refresh yourself with juice, tea, coffee and cookies in the lounge. Don't rush to leave! If you feel weak, rest a little longer.

 

Blood donations are tested at each donation.

The blood group of the donor in different blood group systems (AB0, Rh and Kell system) is determined, and the presence of antibodies against red blood cells is examined.

In addition, tests are performed to exclude four blood-borne pathogens: hepatitis C and B virus, HIV and syphilis.

You can find information about the activities of the blood center on the FaceBook page Doonorid ja sõbrad, ww.ph.ee and on Instagram #parnudoonor.

If you have any questions, write to verekeskus@ph.ee or call during opening hours: (+372) 447 3263.

Created / updated at 03.05.2022