​Blood Donor Center

Platelet donors needed.

Platelets are small cells that help the blood clot. Called "the link to life, " they help those who are ill to hold on to life. Platelets do not cure disease; they give people time. Ideally, time for a treatment to work, or a cure to be found, or even time for a patient to manufacture his or her own platelets once again.

The NMCSD Blood Donor Center is always in need of platelet donors. Children and adults with life threatening illnesses such as leukemia, aplastic anemia, cancer, and other diseases of the blood, often need transfusions of platelets to help their blood clot.

The Blood Donor Center at Naval Medical Center San Diego supports the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) and Navy Blood Program through donor collections, shipment and storage of blood components; and provides blood and blood components for use by the ASBP and in NMCSD and other Department of Defense (DoD) medical treatment facilities.

The Donor Center takes whole blood, autologous (blood donated for one's own use) and plateletpheresis donations. Additionally, the Donor Center performs therapeutic whole blood phlebotomy and, occasionally, coordinates the collection of blood specimens for enrollment in the National Blood Marrow Donor Registry.

Business hours are from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.​

You can call for a scheduled appointment or more info at (619) 532-6653/6650.

Additional numbers: Blood Donor Recruiter, NMCSD (619) 532-6653 Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Pendleton (619) 532-6652

For more information on the Armed Services Blood Program please go to their website at: www.militaryblood.dod.mil

Frequently Asked Questions about Blood Donation

Who is eligible to donate?

  • Active duty personnel and their family members; reservists; military retirees; federal civilian employees; federal contractors

What are the most common deferrals that prevent people from donating blood?

  • Tattoos:

    You must wait 12 months after getting a tatto before you can donate blood.
  • Infection:

    If you have an infection, sore throat, productive cough, earache or fever, you must wait until you are feeling better to donate.
  • Antibiotics:

    If you are currently on antibiotics for anything other than acne or infection prevention, you must wait until the infection is gone and you have been off the medication for at least 24 hours.
  • Body Piercing:

    If any part of your body other than your ear has been pierced, you must wait 12 months before donating. If you received an acupuncture treatment you may only give blood if you are certain the procedure was performed by a doctor using sterile, single-use, disposable equipment. If unsure, you must wait 12 months before donating.

You must not donate blood if any of the following applies to you:

  • If you have ever injected drugs not prescribed by a physician.
  • If you have received chemotherapy to treat cancer.
  • If you had viral hepatitis at or after age eleven (11).
  • If you weigh less than 110 lbs.
  • If you are pregnant.
  • Time spent in the United Kingdom

    (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Irelan Isle of Man, or the English Channel Island): If during the years 1980 through 1996 you spent time in these areas which adds up to a cumulative total of 3 months or more, you may not donate blood.
  • Time spent in European countries:

    If during the years 1980 through 1996, youspent time in European countries with a risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) for a cumulative total of six months or more, you may not donate blood. OR If you spent time in European countries with a risk of BSE for a period of five years or more after Jan. 1, 1980, you may not donate blood.
  • Use of street drugs via nasal passages:

    You must wait 12 months after "sniffing" / "snorting" cocaine or any other street drug through your nose.
  • Age:

    You must be at least 17 years of age to donate.
  • Malaria:

    Individual(s) who have traveled to an area where malaria is endemic (defined as any timeless that (5) consecutive years) shall be deferred for 12 months after departing the area. Individual(s) who have lived for at least five consecutive years in endemic areas shall be deferred for three (3) years after departure.

How often can you donate?

  • You can donate every 57 days.

​About this Service

(619) 532-6653/6650
M-F: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat & Sun: Closed

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