Starting in May, it will be easier than ever to book a blood donation appointment as the ten Blood Service units will be open at least until 18:00 on weekdays starting on May 2.
"We have updated the opening hours based on customer feedback. Donors have requested later opening hours that allow blood donation after work”, Anu Keisala, Regional Manager at the Blood Service, explains.
In the future, there will be more appointments available after 16:00.
Opening hours by unit:
- Blood Service Espoo: Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 19:00. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 18:00.
- Blood Service Kivihaka: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 to 18:00 and Fridays from 09:00 to 18:00. Friday opening hours will be extended.
- Blood Service Sanomatalo: Mondays from 12:00 to 19:00 and Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 19:00. The unit will open later on Thursday mornings.
- Blood Service Jyväskylä: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 18:00, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 18:00. Opening hours will be expanded by four hours.
- Blood Service Kuopio: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 18:00. The unit will be open an extra hour on Fridays.
- Blood Service Lahti: Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00. There will be two extra hours available for blood donation in Lahti.
- Blood Service Oulu: Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00. The unit will be open an extra hour on Fridays.
- Blood Service Seinäjoki: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00 to 18:00.
- Blood Service Tampere: Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00. There will be two extra hours a week for blood donation in Tampere.
- Blood Service Turku: Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00. On Wednesday and Friday mornings the unit will open its doors later than before, but there will be four more hours in the evenings.
Please note that between 20 June and 31 July the units will close at 17:00.
In addition to the regular Blood Service units, blood can also be donated at blood donation events around the country. For all blood donation locations and their opening hours, please refer to the calendar on the Blood Service website.
“The staff of many units will also be available at blood donation events. For example, the nurses of Blood Service Seinäjoki, which is open on two weekdays, will be collecting blood in other parts of Ostrobothnia on other days”, Keisala says.
Blood is an indispensable part of successful healthcare and patient care. Each year, approximately 40,000 patients are treated with donated blood in Finland. Blood transfusions wouldn’t be possible without the help of 800 blood donors every weekday.
Most Finns of blood donation age, or those aged 18–70, are eligible for blood donation. In Finland, you can donate blood for the first time when you are no older than 59. Take a quick Can I Donate -online test to see if you can donate blood.
Book an appointment for blood donation here.