Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Hosting Blood Drive at Tazewell Community Health Center

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems is hosting a blood drive with Marsh Regional Blood Center on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The blood mobile will be set up in the parking lot of Tazewell Community Health Center (386 Ben Bolt Ave, Tazewell, VA 24651).

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 will not 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. If you have questions about specific medications or medical conditions, call the blood bank at 423-408-7500.

Appointments are not required and walk-ins are welcome.

Marsh Regional Blood Center is encouraging all who are able to please sign up and donate due to a need for blood donations.

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems has locations in Saltville, Meadowview, Tazewell, and Bristol. To schedule an appointment, please contact 276-496-4492.