The Central Red Cross Blood Bank, Cuttack was inaugurated in the year 1959 by Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. This is the first blood bank of the State of Orissa. It was primarily designed to meet the blood requirements of S.C.B.Medical College Hospital, Cuttack. But over a period of last 48 years, the total collection of blood in this blood bank has increased to 34175 units (2006-07). It is relevant to mention here that this premier blood bank is one amongst the five leading blood banks of the country, taking into consideration the quantum of total blood collection. The supply area of this blood bank has expanded which now includes the following institutions.

  • About two third of blood requirement of S.C.B.Medical College Hospital, Cuttack (balance is met through their own blood bank)
  • Acharya Harihar Regional Centre for Cancer Research and Treatment, Cuttack
  • City Hospital, Cuttack
  • Peripheral Govt. hospitals
  • Post Graduate Institute of Paediatric, Cuttack
  • E.S.I.Hospital, Choudwar
  • Nearly 70 Nursing homes and private hospitals in the city of Cuttack and its vicinity