Community members encouraged to donate at Tidelands Health blood drives Monday

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Published on January 28, 2022

Community members encouraged to donate at Tidelands Health blood drives Monday

Community members are encouraged to donate during blood drives Monday to help replenish blood supplies, which are at low levels locally and nationwide.

hands clasping a heartTidelands Health is partnering with The Blood Connection to bring bloodmobiles to Murrells Inlet and Georgetown. Community members can donate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at bloodmobiles in the parking lots of Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, 4070 Highway 17 South in Murrells Inlet, and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, 606 Black River Road in Georgetown.

Schedule an appointment at thebloodconnection.org/tidelands.

There is a critical need for people to donate blood to replenish low national, regional and local supplies. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to fewer blood drives nationwide and fewer blood donors. But the need for blood to treat accident victims, cancer patients, those who need blood transfusions and other patients remains. The combination of fewer donations and ongoing demand has led to the critical shortage in supplies. All blood types are needed.

“We encourage community members to stop by the bloodmobiles Monday in Murrells Inlet and Georgetown,” said Dr. James Principe, chief medical officer at Tidelands Health. “Your blood donation will stay in our community to help us serve our patients. We count on donations from you to help keep adequate blood supplies on hand. When you give blood, you are truly giving the gift of life.”

Earlier this month, Tidelands Health partnered with The Blood Connection to increase access to local blood supplies amid the shortage. The health system also partners with the American Red Cross.

Blood donors must be 17 years old (16-year-olds can donate with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Bring a photo ID or blood donor ID. Individuals who are not feeling well or who are on an antibiotic for an active infection should donate at another time.

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Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 70 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.