Blood Donation

What to expect while donating?

The process is easy and usually takes less than an hour for whole blood and two hours for platelets. After answering a few questions about your medical history, you will undergo a brief mini-physical exam to determine your current health status. You can usually resume everyday activities almost immediately after donating.

How often can I donate?

Qualified individuals may donate whole blood once every 56 days and platelets every two weeks.

What happens to my blood after I donate?

Blood and platelets go to the blood bank  for processing and samples are sent out for infectious disease testing. The products are then labeled, stored and transfused when needed. 

How do my blood components help?

Blood and platelets are the lifeline for our patients. Our patients rely on blood and platelet transfusions to aid during their cancer treatments and transplants.

What screening tests are performed on donated blood and platelets?

 
  • Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus
  • Antibodies to Hepatitis B core/ surface
  • Antibodies to Human T-Lymphotropic
  • Antibodies to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Types 1&2
  • Syphilis
  • NAT testing
  • West Nile Virus
  • Bacteria testing for platelets

Can I direct my blood donation to a specific patient?

Blood donations from friends and family are a great source of encouragement and support for a patient needing transfusions.
 
If your blood type is compatible with the patient, your donated blood can be given directly to your loved one. If your blood is not the same type, it is still important that you donate to help other City of Hope patients who are a blood type match and seriously in need of your help.
 
In most circumstances, platelet donations do not need be the same blood type. Therefore, most friends and family members can direct their platelet donations to their loved one. Because platelets can only be stored for 3-5 days, it is important that there is consistent support for our patients.
 
You can help rally friends and family members by sponsoring blood drives for patients as well as arranging for group donations in our Donor Center. Encourage friends and family members to call the City of Hope Blood Donor Center at (626) 471-7171 and schedule an appointment to donate blood and/or platelets or make arrangements for a blood drive in your community.
 
To find a blood drive in your community, please call 626-301-8385.

How can I get others to donate?

Encourage friends and family members to call the City of Hope Blood Donor Center at 626-471-7171 or visit www.iDonateBlood4Hope.org  to schedule an appointment to donate blood and or platelets.

Will patients need blood and platelet donations?

There is no conclusive information to show that blood from a directed donor is safer than blood from a community donor. Blood collected from both designated and community donors are tested for diseases that can be transmitted by blood. Care should be taken when selecting directed donors; they should never be pressured into donating.

Are directed donations safer?

The process is easy and usually takes less than an hour for whole blood and two hours for platelets. After answering a few questions about your medical history, you will undergo a brief mini-physical exam to determine your current health status. You can usually resume everyday activities almost immediately after donating.