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Blood Types

Type O

    Type "O" can be used for emergency transfusions, since 85 percent of the population can safely receive "O" positive red blood cells. Because type "O" is also the most prevalent blood type (45 percent), it is used most frequently for routine transfusions.

Type A

    Type "A" blood is used for routine transfusions to type "A" patients, who have the next most prevalent (40 percent) blood type. Six percent of the population has "A" negative blood type. The plasma from "A" blood is particularly rich in clotting factors used to treat bleeding disorders such as hemophilia.

Type AB

    Type "AB" red blood cells are used by very few patients (about 4 percent). However, the plasma from type "AB" donors is very valuable because it can be given safely to any patient for emergency transfusion needs, regardless of their blood type. Type "AB" plasma is also used for transfusions to newborn babies; a single donation may be divided among several infants.

Type B

    Type "B" blood is needed for routine transfusions to type "B" patients, who represent 11 percent of the population.

  • 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.

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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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