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More Than 3,000 Blood Donors

Recent figures show that by the end of 2018, there were 3,127 blood donors registered at the Blood Bank at the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, Funchal. Encouragingly, the number of people giving blood is increasing, and of the number registered, 674 were new blood donors.

Through their programme, the island is self-sufficient in terms of blood available for transfusions.  A situation that doctors are grateful for, as depending on the ‘outside world’ for blood could make things difficult, especially as we are 900 km away from the mainland and have an airport that is periodically affected by bad weather.

If you are interested in donating blood the Blood and Transfusion Medicine Service is open Monday to Friday 08.30 am to 1.00 pm and Saturdays from 08.30 am – noon.  The department is located in the basement of the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, Funchal.

For further information please contact Tel: 291 705 600/291 705 750 Ext. 3530, 3535 or 3538 or email  



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