Blood Centre

IRCS NHQ Blood Center timings for blood donation:
Monday- Saturday (except 2nd Saturday): 9 AM - 7 PM
2nd Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays: 10 AM - 6 PM
Note: The NHQ Blood Center is open 24/7 for issue of blood. 

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Voluntary Blood Donation facility available at IRCS Blood Centre National Headquarters. Contact on duty technician at 011-23711551, 23359338 for further queries

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Thalassemia Screening and Counselling Centre

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World Blood Donor Day -14 June 2024
20 years of celebrating giving: thank you blood donors!

Message from Secretary General, Sh. R.K Jain, IAS (Retd) on World Blood Donor Day 2024
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-National Voluntary Blood Donation Day - 01 October, 2021

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day is observed on 1st October in India since 1975 to encourage healthy people to donate blood. IRCS, NHQ organized Blood Donation Camp at Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi which was inaugurated by Union Health Secretary Shri Rajesh Bhushan along with Dr. Sunil Kumar, DGHS, India

March 20, 2021
Dr. Harsh Vardhan,
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters inaugurated a Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) Testing Facility at the IRCS NHQ Blood Centre. He also inaugurated three fully equipped vehicles, including two blood collection vans which would be used to hold blood camps and add blood units to the Red Cross Blood Centre. More....

For any blood services query call us at our 24/7 control room - Ph: 011-23359379, 9319982104, 9319982105

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An appeal to donate blood at IRCS NHQ! Donate blood and help the needy tide over this difficult period


Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 through the blood donation process. Blood  Bank  is taking all precautions for the staff, Blood Donor and patient attended by using thermal scanners, disinfectant cleaning of couches, gloves, masks, maintaining distance etc.

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Transfusion of blood is an essential part of modern health care management. The first Blood Centre was started in India by Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in 1942 at All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Calcutta (West Bengal).

In 1977, the Blood Centre started operating from the Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters (IRCS, NHQ). The Blood Centre is running round the clock and provides the services to the needy patients. It was designated as Regional Blood Centre by State Govt. in 1996 and has been designated as Model Blood Centre in 2010 by National AIDS Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India and is also certified by the BIS for ISO 9001:2008 and accredited by NABH & NABL.

The NHQ Blood Centre focuses on encouraging voluntary blood donation. It collects approximately 30000 units of blood annually . The percentage of voluntary blood collection is 100% in IRCS and there is 100% component separation of blood units collected. The Blood Centre provides 90% of total collection of blood free of service charges to the patients admitted in the General Ward of Govt. Hospitals in Delhi as well as to around 1000 Thalassaemic patients registered with it.

The IRCS (NHQ) Blood Centre is fully equipped to collect blood at its premises and also has mobile teams, which go out frequently to hold Blood Donation Camps. The blood collected is tested for HIV I & II, HBs Ag, HCV, VDRL & Malaria. Blood grouping with Rh D and Antibodies Testing (three cell panel) is conducted by fully automated advance technology. To ensure effective utilization of blood, besides supplying whole blood, Red Cross also has the facility of component separation that provides different components of blood, like fresh frozen plasma, platelet rich plasma, platelet concentrate, packed cells, cryoprecipitate and platelet aphaeresis.

Organizing Blood Collection Camps in and around Delhi :

The Society is fully equipped to collect blood within the premises of the Blood Centre and also has mobile teams which go out regularly to hold Blood Donation Camps.  The mobile teams cover different parts of Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bahadurgarh and even go to Pilani, Haldwani, Phagwara etc.  Blood Donation Camps are organized in schools, colleges and other places with the help of religious, social, political, commercial, and military / paramilitary organizations. In 2022-23 around 400 camps were organized.

Highlights of major camps:-


Mega Blood Donation Camp– 24 April, 2014


IRCS(NHQ), Blood Centre organized a Mega Blood Donation Camp on 24th April, 2024 to celebrate ‘Manav Ekta Diwas’ at Sant Nirankari Mandal , Bhurai where 1100 blood units of blood was collected from devotees of Sant Nirankari Mandal.


A blood donation camp was conducted under the leadership of IRCS(NHQ), Blood Centre and supported by different  Govt. hospitals of Delhi. Different hospital contributed by providing manpower including doctors, technicians, staff nurse, counsellor, social worker, attendants. Some Thalassaemia parents also volunteered in the camp.


The aim of the organization is to phase out replacement donors and achieve 100% voluntary blood donation in future

Five Reasons Why You Should Donate Blood

1. Development of new red blood cells

Within the first 48 hours of blood donation, the donor's body starts replenishing the lost red blood cells. The replenishment process helps in staying healthy and productive at work.

2. Reducing risk of heart disease

As per several studies and reports, when there is a rise in the iron level in blood, it raises the chances of heart diseases. People should donate blood from time to time in order to reduce the iron level in the blood.

3. Burns calories

Donating blood can burn approximately 650 calories for each pint that is like 450 ml of blood.

4. Free blood test

On donating blood, the donor receives a free mini health screening and blood tests.

5. How often can one donate blood?

The minimum time advised between two donations is 3 months. This gap helps blood regain the normal haemoglobin count.

Who can donate blood
The age of the donor must be above 18 years and below 65 years of age. He/she must have a haemoglobin count that is not less than 12.5 g/dl. The Weigh should not less than 45 kgs. One should have a normal body temperature at the time of donation.

You should always drink lots of water before the donation. Also, keep in mind that you should take a well-balanced meal prior to and after donating blood. This will keep you healthy and fit.

Union Minister Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi visited Indian Red Cross Society, NHQ, Delhi to donate blood on November 28, 2019

Blood Donor Screening  Processing & Storage of Blood

Donor blood is tested for infectious diseases (TTIs) such as HIV, HBs Ag, VDRL & HCV and blood group serology.  The screening of Transfusion Transmitted Infectious Marker (TTIs) is done by ELISA Method.

Blood Distribution

A.    In the year 2022-23, 51726 Blood/Blood components were prepared.  The total 17,052 units of blood components were issued free of cost to the patients admitted in Government Hospitals, Thalassaemic and Hemophilic Patients.  13,210 units of blood issued against processing charges to the patients admitted in Private Hospitals/ Nursing Homes.  

B.    Thalassaemia: In Delhi, there are about 2000 registered thalassaemic patients who are receiving blood from various Regional Centres like AIIMS, RML Hospital, Hindu Rao Hospital, LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital and private Blood Centres. Out of which around 1000 patients are registered with Red Cross Blood Centre

Certificate of accreditation for ISO by BIS, NABH and NABL 

The IRCS (NHQ) Blood Centre has been certified by IS/ISO 9001:2015, NABH and NABL for 15189:2012. Routine surveillance audit for the accreditation has been conducted by the auditor team in 2022 by BIS, NABL and NABH for renewal of accreditation.

IRCS , NHQ Blood Centre is mother Blood Centre for 8 Storage Centers.

External Quality Assurance Programme (EQAS):

IRCS (NHQ) Blood Centre has been enrolled with SDMH Jaipur, BEQAS, Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, AIIMS Delhi, National Institute of Biological Sciences Noida and IRCS Mumbai for proficiency for infectious marker and serology testing.

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-Prof Philippe Vandekerckhove, Global Advisory Panel (GAP) President, CEO, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders along with his team met Secretary General, IRCS in his office on 15 July 2019 to discuss the risk management and corporate governance needs of the IRCS blood services.

GAP meeting at IRCS


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