Royals Blood Drive/ Bates County Memorial Hospital

Royals Blood Drive: Community Blood Center Issues Urgent Call for Healthy Donors

As regions begin to reopen and hospitals anticipate the return of elective surgeries, Community Blood Center (CBC) is issuing an urgent call for healthy blood donors. The need for blood has rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, but the blood supply is dangerously low. Bates County Memorial Hospital is stepping up to host an urgent blood drive on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 and is inviting community members to participate.

“The blood supply is a critical part of our healthcare system. It is imperative for healthy individuals to come in and donate blood so that it’s available to those in need,” said Kim Peck, Senior Executive Director of Community Blood Center. “At this unprecedented time, this is one thing you can do to help someone who desperately needs it.”

Community members are encouraged to make an appointment to donate at the upcoming Bates County Memorial Hospital Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 1 from 12 pm to 5 pm in the Education Center. Appointments are preferred; we will only accept walk-ins if there is an immediate opening. To schedule an appointment, visit savealifenow.org or call Lisa Nelson at 816-216-4771.

CBC is continuing to take extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19. Donors are asked to wear a mask to their donation or one will be provided to them upon arrival. CBC staff are practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work and are also wearing masks throughout their workday. Temperatures of donors and staff are checked at the door and, as always, individuals are not eligible to donate if they are experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms.

Additional information is available at savealifenow.org/coronavirus.

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