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What to Expect When You Donate

When a prospective donor arrives, the staff conducts an interview to discuss his/her medical history and to make sure he/she is able to donate.

Potential donors also fill out a confidential questionnaire on their medical backgrounds. These measures safeguard the health of the donor as well as the health of the person receiving blood.

The whole process of the interview and the actual donating usually takes 30 to 35 minutes.

The donor's body replaces the fluid lost from donation in 24 hours and the red blood cells in about eight weeks.

Who is Eligible to Donate?

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To be a blood donor, you don’t have to be big or strong or brave — just feeling well and willing to spend about 30 minutes to do something that matters.

  • You can give blood if you are 17 years or older. There’s no upper age limit.
  • You need to bring one photo ID.
  • You need to weigh at least 110 pounds (130 if 17 years old).
  • You can donate while on most medications, including insulin and aspirin.
  • You can even have body piercings and tattoos.
  • You cannot get AIDS or other diseases from donating blood.

The fact is, most people in our area are eligible to donate, but may not realize it. Donor eligibility can change due to new regulations and tests, so please feel free to call us at 508-973-5320 if you have any questions about the current restrictions.

  • Monday & Friday
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Tuesday & Thursday
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • First Saturday of the Month*
    8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    (*Except Holiday weekends: the donor room will open the second Saturday of the month)

  • The Donor Room is closed Sundays and holidays.

  • Southcoast Health Van dates & locations
Appointments are requested, but not necessary, and can be made by calling 508-973-5320

Location: 101 Page Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

The Southcoast Blood Bank is located just off the main lobby at St. Luke's Hospital.

When you donate blood at St. Luke's Hospital it stays local, saving the lives of individuals right here in the South Coast region.

All of the blood is used at our three hospitals sites: Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke's in New Bedford and Tobey in Wareham.

Typically, Southcoast uses nearly 1,200 pints of blood a month.

The whole blood donation process - from the interview through the actual donating - usually takes about 30 minutes.

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