Sampson Regional Medical Center is in need of donors for all blood types. While the blood donor center is not on critical shortage at this time, it is imperative to maintain a consistent supply to be prepared for emergencies and trauma situations.
Donors can make appointments for blood donations to fit their schedule by visiting www.SampsonRMC.org/blooddonor. By visiting this site, donors can submit a request for more information on blood donor services, schedule an onsite blood drive, or schedule a request for an individual donation time. Sampson Regional Medical Center’s blood donor center is conveniently located inside the Outpatient Diagnostics Center on Beamon Street and is open Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and extended hours on the second Tuesday of each month, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m for individual donations. While appointments are not necessary, it is recommended to call and reserve a time that is convenient for the donor.
SRMC is one of few hospitals in the state that provide most all of its blood supply. According to Debbie Gautier, R.N., blood donor coordinator, the summer months mean fewer donors.
“Many of our regular donors do not give as often during summer months when they are on vacation, and our supporting organizations typically do not schedule blood drives in the summer,” Gautier said.
Sampson’s shortage comes at a time when the demand is up.
“Updated screening precautions are in place related to the Zika virus, along with a new regulatory change that raises the male minimum Hemoglobin level that can also restrict some of our regular donors,” Gautier added. The need for a strong supply is important during the coming months.
Donors must meet the following requirements before becoming a blood donor:
• Be in good general health;
• At least 18 years of age and weigh over 110 pounds;
• Persons 17 years old may donate with parental consent
The hospital’s AABB accredited blood bank is not affiliated with the American Red Cross. The blood bank relies on blood donations from people who live or work in Sampson County and who give directly to SRMC. According to hospital officials, when community members give, their donation is used locally to help patients who are often their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
Donors may reach the blood center at 910-592-2689, ext. 2253. Most blood donations last approximately 45 minutes. Donors are eligible every eight weeks to give blood. SRMC is also scheduling onsite blood drives for any organization within the community. Any business, school, church, or other organization may get involved by contacting Gautier at 910-592-2689, ext. 2253.