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We would like to thank our community of dedicated platelet and blood donors for support of our NIH Clinical Center patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our platelet donation web page for locations and updated hours of operation.


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Current Blood Shortages

African American Whole Blood Donors Urgently Needed

Donor Information

Blood type needs change daily. If you are not sure of your next eligible donation date, please call the NIH Blood Bank at (301) 496-1048.

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Make an Appointment

You may make an appointment for:

Hours of Operation

When making an appointment online, please note that the hours of operation are as follows:

Monday – Friday
7:30am – 4:30pm

*Those who have never donated blood anywhere before must present by 4:00pm.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding blood donation, call the NIH Blood Bank at (301) 496-1048. We can also answer many of your questions via e-mail at

Whole-Blood Donations

To donate whole blood, please complete the short form below to indicate your preferred time(s). NOTE: A representative will contact you to confirm your appointment time. If you prefer to call to set up an appointment, the phone number for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blood Bank is (301) 496-1048.

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Other Donations

To make other types of donations (Double Red Cell Donations, Platelet Donations, Hemochromatosis Donor Program), please call the following numbers:

  • Double Red Cell Donations:(301) 496-1048
  • Platelet Donations: (301) 496-4321
  • Hemochromatosis Donor Program: (301) 435-3049

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This page last updated on 04/28/2021

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