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UNC Hospitals Has Urgent Need For Platelet Donors

Posted February 27, 2004

— The University of North Carolina Hospitals Platelet and Plasma Donor Program is currently experiencing a critical platelet shortage. New and returning donors are needed to schedule donation appointments.

Platelet donations are vital to the patients of UNC Hospitals. Platelets are the component of blood that promotes clotting, acting as internal Band-Aids. Normally, 12-15 platelet donors are needed daily to meet the transfusion usage of UNC Hospitals.

The platelet donation process takes about two hours to complete and is performed by highly trained medical staff. Donors may pass the time by watching television or a movie, and are provided with drinks and snacks.

To schedule an appointment, call (919) 966-2370. Appointments can be scheduled during the following days and times:

  • Monday & Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (once a month)
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