Blood donors urgently needed

Critical need is for O-negative donors, Stanford Blood Center says

Stanford Blood Center officials say the center is in urgent need of blood donations, especially from O-negative donors, to meet the needs of local hospitals.

A statement from the blood center says blood donations decreased over the holidays while local hospitals' blood usage for surgeries rose. There is a critical need for O-negative whole blood, as well as platelets.

"We’ve appealed to our current donor base, and now we’re reaching out to the public for their help," said Stanford Blood Center spokesperson Loren Magana. "If it’s been a while since your last donation, or even if you've never donated before, please consider coming in to one of our centers or visiting a mobile blood drive."

The blood center asks that donors be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present a photo ID at the time of donation. The donation process should take about an hour. has more information. Schedule an appointment at the website or by calling 888-723-7831 for same-day appointments.

Stanford Blood Center provides blood products to four local hospitals.

Barbara Wood


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Posted by Donor
a resident of another community
on Jan 4, 2018 at 12:20 pm

I've tried three times to donate to Stanford----I am O-negative. Each time, despite a scheduled appointment, I had to wait several hours, at which point I had to leave. I now donate to Pacific Blood Centers.

Stanford should review their scheduling procedures and respect the time of those who are giving.

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Posted by Burt
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 4, 2018 at 12:59 pm

I have a standing monthly appointment, and have never had to wait for more than maybe 5 minutes in all the years I've given, nor have I ever witnessed anyone waiting for such a time, so I can't imagine what "Donor" is referring to. What I do understand is that only 10% of those eligible to give actually do so. So please, get over there and help out!

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Posted by Bradley
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

Hello Donor,

I am sorry to hear of your negative experience with Stanford Blood Center (SBC). As the Director of Donor Services at SBC, I would be interested in chatting with you at your convenience to better understand how we can improve. I can be reached at 650-736-7786.

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