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Current Blood Shortages

African American Whole Blood Donors Urgently Needed

Donor Information

Blood type needs change daily. If you are not sure of your next eligible donation date, please call the NIH Blood Bank at (301) 496-1048.

Walk-in donors are welcome Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 4:30pm.

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Platelet donation is important!

platelet donor stations at Fishers Lane

Platelet donation has health benefits for the donor. Each time you receive a free wellness check, which includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature and hemoglobin (Hb).

  • There is an ongoing need for platelet donations as they are only viable for five (5) days.
  • Do not take aspirin or aspirin-containing products for 48 hours prior to your donation.
  • Relax and unwind, watch a movie, while helping to save lives.

Platelet donation takes place at the following:

The NIH Donor Center at Fishers Lane
Monday – Friday and select Saturdays
NIH Blood Bank Main Campus
Friday mornings and Monday afternoon

Learn more about donating platelets by apheresis.

To schedule a platelets donation appointment, please call 301-496-4321 or email

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This page last updated on 05/03/2019

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