One of the few designated Regional Transfusion Centres in the state of Tamilnadu, the 24-hour KG Hospital Regional Blood Bank occupies an area of 1750 sq feet with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest in technology to render blood safer for transfusion.
This is the second Blood Bank in India to incorporate gel technology from Switzerland for blood grouping and cross-matching. The technology is highly advanced and provides accurate results among other features, thus bringing the Blood Bank on par with those in the western countries.
Our Blood bank has got Aphaeresis Machine where single donor plasma exchange is possible.
Every unit of blood collected at the Blood Bank is tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, syphilis, malaria and SGPT. A high SGPT value can denote the presence of Hepatitis C virus even if the result is negative when testing for antibodies to the virus. In addition, blood is tested for Cytomegalo virus when blood is transfused to transplant patients.
The Blood Bank has an excellent component preparation unit, where a unit of blood can be separated into 4 basic components – Packed Red Cells, Platelet Concentrate, Fresh Frozen Plasma and Cryoprecipitate. The separation is done using a special, sophisticated automatic component extractor which gives consistent volumes and maximum yield of components.
The KG Regional Blood Bank caters to the needs of more than 250 hospitals and nursing homes not only in and around Coimbatore, but also to those in neighbouring districts and states like Tiruppur, Erode, Nilgiris and Palakkad. Blood and blood components are issued free of cost to all thalassaemic and haemophilic patients and is given free or at concessional rates to poor patients.
The demand for blood is always more than the supply and therefore blood donation camps are conducted on a regular basis, where in addition to blood donation, donors are educated about the various aspects of voluntary blood donation. Donor motivation and retention is an important activity in which the Blood Bank is involved.
The KG Regional Blood Bank never compromises on the quality of its blood and blood components, for, “QUALITY” as it is aptly put, is a journey – not a destination !!