Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems in partnership with James H. Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University will be hosting a free health fair and blood drive at Tazewell Community Health Center on Thursday, August 4, 2022 and Friday, August 5, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in celebration of National Health Center Week.
Free services include complete history and physical by healthcare providers, oral health exams and dental education, lab work including lipid panel and fasting blood sugars, pap smears, vision and hearing screenings, and sports and school physicals for children. It is encouraged with the fasting blood sugar lab work to not eat for 12 hours before lab work for a more accurate reading. This means no food, only water or black coffee.
The blood mobile will be set up in the parking lot of Tazewell Community Health Center on Friday, August 5, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prior to donating blood, Marsh Regional Blood Center recommends being at least 17-years-old (if 17-years-old, you must have a parent/guardians permission), weigh at least 110 pounds or more, eat a well-balanced meal within four to six hours of blood donation, and be in general good health on the day you donate. If you currently have a cold, sore throat, fever, flu, fever blisters or are taking antibiotics, you won’t be able to donate. When you donate whole blood, you give roughly one pint – or 500 mL – of blood. This donation can save up to three lives and takes less than an hour. The entire process of donating blood – from the health questionnaire and physical to the actual donation and refreshments – typically takes less than one hour. The needle stick itself only lasts a second, and the actual donation only takes an average of 8–10 minutes.
Appointments are not required and walk-ins are welcome.
To reserve a time slot, please use the link below:
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested for health services. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Beavers at 276-979-9899 ext. 1603 or Jill Talbert (276) 496-4492, ext. 1023
Vendor exhibits and free giveaways will occur throughout both days of this events.