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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?

Blood donors should:

  • Be in good health (no colds or flu).
  • Be 18 years old (or 17 with a parent's written permission).
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Have not taken intravenous (IV) drugs.
  • If over 70, have seen a physician within one year.

Donors who have traveled extensively outside of the United States should call first.

For more information on how to be a donor, call 508-961-5320

Giving Blood at Southcoast

At the Southcoast Blood Bank:

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Appointments are requested, but not necessary, and can be made by calling 508-961-5320

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