Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting a blood drive with Marsh Regional Blood Center on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The blood mobile will be set up in the parking lot of Bristol Community Health Center (formerly Twin City Medical Center) at 2195 Euclid Avenue, Suite 202 Bristol, VA 24201.
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 required, and there are several timeslots left open, so interested people should sign up immediately to get their desired timeslot.
To reserve a time slot, please use the link below:
Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems has locations in Saltville, Meadowview, Tazewell, and Bristol. To schedule an appointment, please contact 276-496-4492.