KUCHING: The Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) Blood Bank Centre has free parking for blood donors.
“The parking facilities are specifically for donors who have been supporting efforts to ensure that the blood supply at SGH is at a safe level,” said SGH on Thursday (July 8).
It said blood donors who come to the centre could save time and money without having to park their vehicles in paid parking areas.
It added that this effort was done to remove the stigma among the community that the issue of parking was the main obstacle in coming to donate blood at the hospital.
“Blood donors who wish to come are advised to seek assistance from the security guards who are on duty in front of the SGH Blood Bank Centre to avoid parking in prohibited areas.
“It is our priority to ensure the comfort of donors who come to donate blood and that they receive the best service as a sign of our appreciation to them.”
For those who are unsure of its location, the SGH Blood Bank Centre is located at a new building–the Daycare Centre Block of SGH–in front of the small roundabout (the old SGH entrance).
The main entrance is through the door to the SGH Emergency and Trauma Department, turning right after the security guardhouse.
“We hope for the support and assistance from the community to come forward as regular blood donors (every three months) in ensuring the daily operations of SGH are not affected.”
It said that with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many blood donation activities outside the hospital had to be postponed or even cancelled by organisers.
As such, SGH called on the public who are interested in donating blood to come to the SGH Blood Bank Centre.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have adopted measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. All equipment used is disinfected each time the blood collection process is completed. In addition, health workers also practise the same safety measures such as wearing face masks and face shields.”
It added that donors would have to undergo temperature screening prior to entering the premises, along with compulsory use of face masks and MySejahtera QR code scanning.
For more information, the public can refer to SGH Blood Bank Centre’s official Facebook (Blood Bank Hospital Umum Sarawak) or contact 082-276797 (counter), 082-276795 (Public Relations Unit), or 010-8578909 (Public Relations Officer, Borhan).