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Blood Preparation Department

Due to its high surgical activity and other special types of therapy, RIGA EAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL requires extensive transfusion of blood and blood substitutes. The Blood Preparation Department annually prepares over 2,000 litres of blood; it is certified and has operated since 1980.

Donors can give blood every weekday in the Clinical Centre „Gailezers”, in the Blood Preparation Department from 8:00 to 15:00. The telephone number of the donor reception desk is 67042680.

Who can be a donor?

  • persons aged from 18 to 65 weighing at least 50 kilograms;
  • a day before giving blood it is prohibited to consume alcohol; a donor has to have eaten, it also recommended that he/she has well slept and rested;
  • a donor has to be healthy, before giving blood he/she has to eat healthy food and drink plenty of fluid;
  • the interval between blood donations has to be at least 9 weeks.

When donating blood, a personal identification document is to be shown.

Before donating blood, a donor specifies his/her blood type and Rh factor (first-time donors), as well as the level of haemoglobin. The test is made free of charge, and the donor can receive the findings of the tests notifying the registrant of donors of it before donating blood. The blood donation procedure takes approximately 6 to 10 minutes. In rare cases, during the blood donation procedure a donor may feel weakness, fever or pass out for a short time. During the procedure, the standard amount of blood is taken – 450 ml and 40-45 ml for laboratory tests. After the procedure, the donor is recommended to have 15 minutes of rest; it is prohibited to smoke for half an hour after giving blood! After giving blood, donors are not recommended to drive a vehicle for at least an hour. After giving blood, it is not recommended to perform any works of higher risk for at least 12 hours: to pilot a plane, to drive a train, to work at a height. We also recommend not to perform any heavy physical work, exercise, run, carry heavy objects, swim or sunbath. Not to carry a bag on an arm, from which the blood was taken.

During the first blood donation, the donor is issued a donor’s certificate, in which every blood donation is registered.

After donating blood, the following is determined in each sample of blood given:

  • infectious agents for hepatitis B,
  • antibodies to infectious agents for hepatitis C,
  • antibodies to HIV I/II,
  • antibodies to infectious agents for syphilis,
  • antigens of ABO, Kell and Rh system.

The information about the findings of tests may be received in person, no sooner than 5 working days after donating blood upon presenting a personal identification document.


There are two transfusiologists working in the Blood Preparation Department – head of the department Sandra Jaundžeikare and Irēna Jēkabsone, five nurses – chief nurse Mirdza Ozola, Irēna Rautenšilde, Natālija Popova, Diāna Šmele, Una Jērāne, as well as med. registrant Madīna Jakubova and nurse assistant Brigita Fišmane.

  • Head of the department Sandra Jaundžeikare

Telephone of the donor reception desk: (+371) 67042680

Last update: 2015.04.09 - 12:53