July 18, 2016

Holy Family Hospital Blood Bank Needs Donors

During summer months there is often a shortage of blood across the nation, and this year is no exception. Holy Family Hospital’s Blood Bank has a critically low inventory and all types of blood are needed.
According to America’s Blood Center and the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and patients depend on the generosity of blood donors to meet that need. 
At Holy Family Hospital’s FDA–approved blood donor program, there is no need to wait for a blood drive; people can make an appointment to donate on a day and time convenient for them. Hours of operation are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and special parking is provided. 
The entire visit, including paperwork, lasts less than an hour. The donation procedure itself lasts only 10 to 25 minutes.
Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at Holy Family Hospital, where all of the blood collected stays at the hospital to help local residents.
Blood donations are used to help patients with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, blood disorders, organ transplants, and trauma. 
Holy Family Hospital’s Blood Donor Program also provides therapeutic phlebotomy opportunities for patients with hereditary hemochromatosis, an inherited disorder characterized by an excess accumulation of iron in the body, and for patients on testosterone therapy.
To make an appointment, please call the Blood Bank directly at (978) 687-0156 ext. 2453.  The blood donor room is located at Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., in Methuen, MA, on the ground floor in room G47. 
For additional information about the Blood Donor Program as well as information about therapeutic phlebotomy for hereditary hemochromatosis or testosterone therapy, please call the Holy Family Hospital Blood Bank at (978) 687-0156, ext. 2453.