According to SRMC’s Blood Bank Coordinator, Debbie Finney, R.N., the summer months mean fewer donors. “Many of our regular donors do not give as often during summer months when they are on vacation, and our supporting organizations typically do not schedule blood drives in the summer.”
SRMC’s shortage comes at a time when the demand is up. The need for a strong supply is important, especially as fall and winter near.
The Sampson Regional Medical Center Blood Bank is accredited by The American Association of Blood Banks and is registered with the Food and Drug Administration. It is not affiliated with the American Red Cross. The blood bank relies on blood donations from people who live or work in Sampson County and who give directly to SRMC. When community members give, their donation is used locally at SRMC to help patients who are often their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Just one donation can save 3 lives.
Donors may schedule an appointment by contacting SRMC’s Blood Bank at 910-592-8511 ext. 8442. Appointments may be made as soon as next day. Most blood donations last approximately 45 minutes. Donors are eligible every eight weeks to give blood. SRMC is also scheduling on-site blood drives for any organization within the community.
Any business, school, church or other organization may get involved by contacting Debbie Finney, R.N. at 910-592-8511, ext. 8442.