The Indian Red Cross Blood Bank operating on the premises of the Lady Goschen hospital has started blood component separation. This will be the fourth blood bank in the city to have the facility.

“Blood component separation started from October 1. Apart from whole blood, packed red cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets will be available,” said Medical Superintendent of Lady Goshchen M.M. Shakuntala.

A formal function to inaugurate the facility will be held on Thursday, Dr. Shakuntala told MLA J.R. Lobo when the latter visited the Blood Bank on Tuesday. It was in May 2013 that the Indian Red Cross blood bank moved from the Athena Hospital to the Lady Goschen Hospital.
Dr. Shakuntala said on an average around 400 units of blood per month was required for the hospital, which attends to around 500 delivery cases per month.

With the beginning of the component separation facility, the hospital can provide packed red cells promptly for women who are anaemic.
Earlier hospital had to get blood components from the blood bank at Wenlock Hospital and two other private blood banks, she said.

Courtesy : The Hindu