Sterile blood transfusion 'giving apparatus', England, 1946-1971

1946-1970 in England

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sterile Giving apparatus in metal case, for blood transfusion supplied by the National Blood Transfusion Service, Brentwood, Essex, England.

The sterile ‘giving apparatus’ was used to donate blood. After each use the equipment was sterilised. This equipment was commonly supplied by the National Blood Service in the United Kingdom until the 1960s when it was replaced by disposable equipment. Blood transfusions are given to patients who are anaemic or have lost a lot of blood during surgery or through an injury.

The National Blood Service (formerly the National Blood Transfusion Service) is the central service for blood donation and blood supplies in the United Kingdom. On average, they receive 2.1 million donations each year.

Related people


Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
case, metal, contents, cellophane, contents, cork, contents, cottonwool, contents, glass and contents, metal
blood transfusion apparatus
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.