Wheeling Community Blood Drive

Wheeling Community Blood Drive

Begin 2017 by donating blood through Central Blood Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at Spring Hill Suites at 908 National Road, Wheeling, W. Va., in the ground floor conference rooms (A, B and C).

By donating your healthy blood, you can possibly save a life. If you have never donated blood before, an explanation of the Central Blood Bank’s donation process can be found below.  I am going to attempt to donate blood and I would like you to come on join me if you are available.  It really does not take long. 

Here is a review of what happens in preparation for you to be approved to donate blood:

Step 1: Registration - You will be asked general information such as name and address.  In order to maintain accurate records, all donors are asked to present proper identification (e.g. driver’s license, personalized Central Blood Bank donor ID card or military ID card, birth certificate and a picture ID with full name, etc.).

Step 2: Mini Physical – During the mini-physical, your temperature, pulse and blood pressure will be checked.  Your hemoglobin will be tested as well — which involves a small drop of blood drawn and tested to ensure the donor has enough iron-carrying red blood cells to safely donate blood.  

Step 3: Medical Interview – You will meet privately with a Central Blood Bank staff member to review your medical history.  This information is kept strictly confidential.

Step 4: Pre-Donation Refreshments – before the donation, you may be asked to drink a glass or two of decaffeinated fluids to help hydration levels. 

Step 5: The Donation – In the donation area, a trained phlebotomist will sterilize the area of your arm before drawing the blood.  When donating whole blood, one unit (approximately one pint) is removed. An automated or apheresis donation means you are donating the individual component(s) – everything that you are not donating is returned to you.  For example, if you donate platelets, whole blood is withdrawn and spun in a sterile, self-contained centrifuge to separate the platelets; then your red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma are all returned to you through the same needle.  Apheresis and automated processes take longer than the whole blood donation process. All materials used during each donation are pre-packaged, sterile and disposable.  These materials are used only once and then discarded.

Step 6: Refreshments and Relaxation – After the donation, you will be directed to the café/canteen area, where you will rest while enjoying light refreshments.  After 15 minutes, you will be permitted to leave that area and resume your daily routine.

So, join me and help someone by donating your blood.  You can schedule an appointment by calling Rachel Bennett at 412-209-7241 and giving her the group code: C612. If you do not have time to schedule, you can walk in to donate.

This particular donation time is to maintain a safe blood supply for Wheeling Hospital.


Begin 2017 by donating blood through Central Blood Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at Spring Hill Suites at 908 National Road, Wheeling, W. Va., in the ground floor conference rooms (A, B and C).