On December 6, 1948 the storage of blood was started in the Blood Bank in a small building attached to the Government Bacteriological Labortary (now the National Public Health Laboratory) on North Street in Kingston. Prior to that, blood transfusions were given directly from donor to patient in hospitals.
In 1958, the Transfusion Service was relocated to its present location at 21 Slipe Pen Road, in order to meet growing demand for blood. It also began to operate as a separate department from the national Public Health Laboratory.
To meet the goal of gaining an adequate blood supply for our nation, the Blood Service relies on government support. We do however need to garner support and understanding of our cause at the community level. This support can only be attained through educating the public.
Statistics revealed that the majority of donors in Jamaica are replacement donors. These donors give blood only when the need arises, that is when bllod is needed for a family member, friend or loved one. Because this blood is required for immediate use, it quickly goes in and out of the system, thereby having very little or no effect on the current supply.
A plan must be in place to foster and maintain a steady supply of safe blood to cater to the health care needs of the nation. For a steady, reliable and continuous donations. This can only be given by persons who are:
VOLUNTARY NON-REMUNERATED BLOOD DONORS
VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONORS
These persons donate blood every three (3) months, with no merit or incentive. Their true reward is the wholesome, gratifying feeling they get knowing that they save lives.
There are also a host of benefits for the donor, as donating blood is GOOD for your health!! (ASK US HOW)
Donating blood is easy, safe and rewarding.
Customer Service Standard
Customer service is essential to effective service delivery and the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) has been working assiduosly to improve and to implement systems to improve standards of customer service delivery.
In 2011, a customer service hotline was launched in an effort to improve client relations and enhance service delivery at health facilities within the region. Through this hotline, clients will be able to register complaints or compliments regarding service received.
To enable the health and well-being of residents in Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth by providing access to quality healthcare through a suitable and responsive healthcare delivery system that is family centered, customer focused and stakeholder driven.
Healthy people in healthy familes, in a clean and safe environment