MGH Program Provides Rides For Blood Donors

MGH Blood Donor Center Vehicle

(MGH Blood Donor Center/Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — During the winter, the need for blood is at its highest in hospitals across the region. The Blood Donor Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has a program that will provide rides to groups of people who are donating blood.

“We’ll have our driver — his name is Doug — he will pick your group up from any location within a 10 mile radius,” MGH marketing specialist Alyssa Greenstein said.

The car service will pick up groups of 3-5 people.

“He’ll pick your group up at a designated time on a designated day. He’ll bring you into the center so that you can donate blood, and then he’ll drive you back to your designated location after your donation,” Greenstein said.

Who is eligible to donate blood?

  • Must be 17 years old, or 16 years old with consent from a parent.
  • Must be healthy.
  • Weigh between 100-350 pounds.
  • Must bring a photo I.D.

More information on the qualifications to donate blood.

What happens when you donate?

  • Donors will fill out a questionnaire when they go to donate that will determine their eligibility.
  • About one pint of blood is taken in the donation.
  • The donation will take 5-7 minutes, but the whole appointment will take 30-40 minutes for whole blood donations.

More information from MGH.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Carl Stevens ( @carlwbz ) reports

 

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