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Blood transfusions involve giving a bag of donated blood, which has been matched to your blood type to treat anaemia. As anaemia has lots of different causes, we will liaise with your GP following your visit to see if other treatments or investigations may be of benefit.
Wear comfortable clothes. Seats are provided instead of hospital beds. Feel free to bring a book, laptop or music player with headphones etc. Free teas, coffee, lunch and snacks will be provided.
On arrival we will confirm with you your details such as full name and date of birth. Once you are ready, we will insert a small line into a vein and get the blood to give you the transfusion.
We will need to re-ask your details several times before administering each bag of blood to ensure that you receive the bag matched especially for you.
Each bag of blood takes around 2 to 3 hours to transfuse. If receiving more than one bag your visit may last the whole day.
You will need to remain in the department for regular blood pressure and temperature checks as occasionally individuals become unwell and transfusions need to be slowed or stopped. There are toilets on site and in between transfusions you may have time to visit the shop.
Your care will be led by the specialist nursing team and a doctor will be available if needed
Royal Sussex County Hospital – EACU is located on level 5 of the Thomas Kemp tower. The EACU entrance is next to the WRVS coffee and snack shop and the Acute Admission Unit.
Princess Royal Hospital – RAMU is located next to A&E in the main hospital.
This information is for patients receiving care in Brighton and Haywards Heath.
The information here is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: August 2020
Review Date: March 2023