Blood Donor Center
White Plains Hospital
41 East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
Because having a safe, clean and adequate supply of blood is essential to our community, we operate a volunteer blood donor program, in which we recruit people from the community to donate blood. We also work with community organizations such as churches, synagogues, schools and businesses, to set up blood drives at your location. We bring a team of specially trained staff to your location so we can meet donors and draw blood in places of worship or business. Our outreach into the community and meeting new donors is some of the most rewarding work we do at the blood donor center.
Donating Blood is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Every year over 4 million Americans will need a blood transfusion, but fewer than 5 percent of healthy Americans actually donate blood.
Last year alone, White Plains Hospital transfused over 5,000 units of blood to our patients. Blood is always in demand, and your blood donation will help ensure that there is a sufficient blood supply available to our community when it is needed.
Our Blood Donor Center is conveniently located in the main building at White Plains Hospital. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM, (Saturday by appointment only). Appontments appreciated; walk-ins welcome. Call ahead at 914-681-1056 to make sure that we can accommodate you.
Giving blood is completely safe, and never puts the donor at risk. All supplies including the needle used for blood donations are sterile and discarded after each use. It’s just not possible to catch get a disease by donating blood.
Frequently asked questions about donating blood
Q). Who can donate blood?
A). To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be in good health and be at least 17 years of age. Minimum weight requirement is 110 pounds and you must pass the physical and health history exam given prior to the donation.
Q). How long does it take to donate blood?
A). Plan for about forty five minutes to an hour, although it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes for the actual blood donation.
Q). How often can I donate blood?
A). You can donate blood every eight weeks, (56 days).
Q). I have high blood pressure, can I still donate?
A). As long as your blood pressure is below 180 (first number) and below 100 (second number) at the time of the donation. Medications for high blood pressure do not disqualify you from donating. If your blood pressure normally runs low it may be more difficult for your body to adjust to the volume loss following a donation. Drinking extra water before and after the donation is important.
Q). I have diabetes, can I donate?
A). Yes. Medications to lower your glucose do not disqualify you from donating, but if you are on insulin your glucose must be in control for 3 months.
Q). Can I donate blood if I have a cold or the flu?
A). You should wait if you have a fever or productive cough and feel unwell on the day of donation. You should wait at least 2 days after you have completed antibiotic treatment for sinus, throat or lung infections.
Q). What type of tests do you perform on my blood?
A). Donated blood is tested for ABO group, (blood type), and Rh (positive or negative) as well as any red blood cell antibodies that could cause problems for the recipient of the blood. Numerous additional tests are performed to assure that the blood is free from infection with hepatitis, HIV, (AIDS), and syphilis. We also take your blood pressure, temperature, pulse and test for your blood for anemia. We do not test for things like cholesterol, diabetes or heart disease.
Q). What medications will exclude me from donating blood?
A). There are a number of medications that will exclude you from donating blood. They include Proscar, Avodart, Propecia, Accutane, Soriatane, and Tegison. These drugs may harm an unborn baby if blood containing these drugs is transfused to a pregnant woman. You cannot donate if you have used insulin from cows, (bovine or beef insulin) that has been imported from countries known to have mad cow disease. You may not donate blood if you were exposed to hepatitis and received the hepatitis B immune globulin injection. You must wait 12 months before donating to make sure that you have not contracted hepatitis.
Q). What happens to my blood after it is tested, and how long is it good for?
A). The blood is separated into several components; red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Red cells are used to treat anemia. Red cells can be stored refrigerated for 35 days. Platelets help in the control of bleeding and are often used for treatment of leukemia and cancer. Platelets have a 5 day shelf life. Plasma is used to help control bleeding due to low levels of some clotting factors. Plasma is frozen within hours after donation, and is good for 1 year.
Q). Is my blood type “a good one”?
A). All donated blood is good blood! Some types of blood are rarer than others, but donors of all blood types are always needed. In an emergency, anyone can receive type O blood. Therefore, people with O type blood are known as “universal donors”.
Q). I’m having surgery. Can I donate my own blood in case I need a blood transfusion during my surgery?
A). Yes. This is called an autologous blood donation, in which you act as your own blood donor. You “donate” your own blood before the actual surgery takes place. Your blood is then stored and will be given to you. if you need it. during surgery.
Organizational Blood Drives
Giving blood is a great way for your organization, business, or House of Worship to make a positive contribution to the community. Our team of professionals will come out to your location and help you organize and perform an on site blood drive. For information about organizing a blood drive at your facility, please call: 914- 681- 1056.