Blood Bank

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

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.

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

Transfusion of blood is an essential part of modern health care management. The first Blood Bank 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 bank started operating from the Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters (IRCS, NHQ). The Blood Bank 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 Bank 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.

Blood Donation Camp Schedule - 08 Mar - 18 Mar, 2020


 Blood Donation Camp Schedule - 08 Mar - 18 Mar, 2020

The NHQ Blood Bank focuses on encouraging voluntary blood donation. It collects approximately 25000 units of blood annually which contributes about 10% of the total blood collected in Delhi. The percentage of voluntary blood collection is above 90% in IRCS as compared to the 20-50% ratio of the total collection made by other blood banks of Delhi. The blood bank 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 975 Thalassaemic patients registered with it (which is about 50% of all the Thalassaemics in Delhi).

The IRCS (NHQ) Blood Bank 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.

Centurion Blood Donation Mr. Rahul Sholapurkar Centurion blood donor New Delhi Secretary Delhi Chapter FBDOI donating blood at AIIMS New Delhi in August presence of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Dr. Poonam Coshik HOD Blood Bank AIIMS. It was his 161st blood donation on October 01, 2019. His 160th blood donation was at Indian Red Cross Society, NHQ, Delhi on July 01, 2019

Organizing Blood Collection Camps in and around Delhi :

The Society is fully equipped to collect blood within the premises of the Blood Bank 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.

Highlights of major camps:-


Mega Blood Donation Camp– 24 April, 2019


IRCS(NHQ), Blood Bank organized a Mega Blood Donation Camp on 24th April, 2019 to celebrate ‘Manav Ekta Diwas’ at Sant Nirankari Mandal , Bhurai where 1321 blood units of blood was collected from devotees of Sant Nirankari Mandal.


camp1A blood donation camp was conducted under the leadership of IRCS(NHQ), Blood Bank and supported by different  Govt. hospitals of Delhi including AIIMS, AIIMS (CNC), Safdarjung hospital, DDU hospital, RML hospital, SSK hospital, Ambedkar hospital, Kasturba hospital, Sushrut Trauma Centre etc.

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.

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 2017-18, 51843 Blood/Blood components were prepared.  The total 24132 units of blood components were issued free of cost to the patients admitted in Government Hospitals, Thalassaemic and Hemophilic Patients.  8299 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 banks. Out of which 975 patients are registered with Red Cross Blood Bank and more than 200 registered patients are from outside Delhi. IRCS continues to look after approx. 50% of the Thalassaemic patients in and around Delhi and provides Blood/Blood Components, to thalassemic patients and to the patients in Government Hospitals free of service charges.

Certificate of accreditation for ISO by BIS, NABH and NABL 

The IRCS (NHQ) Blood Bank has been certified by IS/ISO 9001:2008, NABH and NABL w.e.f 2012 and 2013. Routine surveillance audit for the accreditation has been conducted by the auditor team in 2017- 18 by BIS, NABL and NABH for renewal of accreditation.

External Quality Assurance Programme (EQAS):

IRCS (NHQ) Blood Bank has been enrolled with SDMH, Jaipur, (BEQAS), CMC Vellore, AIIMS and Bombay Red Cross for proficiency for infectious marker and serology testing.

Related Resources

-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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