Fort Myers Blood Donations: The Facts About Donating Blood
Blood donations with Lee Health Blood Center remain in our four acute care hospitals—Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, and Lee Memorial Hospital, which houses the only Trauma Center within a five-county radius.
Blood also benefits patients at our specialty hospitals — Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Rehabilitation Hospital — and patients receiving treatment at the Regional Cancer Center and Lee Health Coconut Point.
The blood used for patient care has to be continuously replenished to maintain a constant blood supply. This means our blood centers need a total of 800 donors a week.
Giving Blood Helps Our Community
Your donation serves our community. All blood donated stays to help the patients within Lee Health. Questions about donating blood or current bloodmobile locations? Call Lee Health Blood Center at 239-343-2333
Blood Drive Donations in Southwest Florida
Blood Donor Requirements
To donate blood, you must:
- Weigh at least 115 pounds
- Be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent
- Provide photo ID, if a new donor
- Reasons you may be deferred from donating
There are several reasons a potential donor is deferred from donating, including:
- Currently ill — cold, flu, sore throat — or being treated for an illness.
- Recent dental surgery (no infection and off antibiotics)
- Other blood or plasma donation within the last eight weeks
- History of hepatitis
- Positive HIV test
There are many medications that you can take and still be allowed to donate, including:
- Blood pressure medications—provided that your B/P is within normal limits
- Cholesterol medications
- Aspirin, Tylenol, or similar medications
If you are on prescription medication and it is not mentioned above, please check with the Lee Health Blood Center staff for further clarification.
What are the benefits of donating blood?
Each donation can save the life of a person with leukemia, cancer, or anemia, and those undergoing surgery for illness or injury. Your donation will help ensure an adequate supply for both children and adults who are patients within Lee Health.
How does the blood donation process work?
Following registration, you will answer simple medical history questions and receive a mini-physical. You will then be seated in a comfortable chair while you donate.
How long does the process take?
The entire life-saving process takes approximately 45 minutes. The actual donation time is only 5-10 minutes. Needles and bags used to collect blood are used only once and discarded, which makes the spread of infection to the donor not possible.
Did you know that every time you donate blood, you receive a mini-physical at no cost? At our blood centers, you will be checked for the following:
- Pulse rate
- Blood pressure
- Body temperature
- Hemoglobin level
- Blood type and cholesterol level upon successful donation
Donating blood helps more than one person
Just a single pint of blood can help save the lives of several people. Your donation can be separated into its different components; the platelets may go to a child with leukemia, the plasma to a patient with a clotting problem, and the red blood cells to an accident victim. Whole blood donations are processed into a variety of blood components.
Donate blood today!
Help ensure that adequate supplies of blood are available for you, your family, and others in our community. Call 239-343-2333 for the location of the Lee Health Blood Center nearest you.
Blood Center - Cape Coral Hospital
636 Del Prado Blvd Cape Coral, FL 33990Fax: (239) 424-4089
Blood Center - Lee Memorial Hospital
2776 Cleveland Ave Fort Myers, FL 33901Fax: (239) 343-3842
Blood Center - Summerlin Crossing
15880 Summerlin Rd, Suite 113 Fort Myers, FL 33908Fax: (239) 343-7120
Blood Center - Bonita Health Center
3501 Health Center Blvd, Suite 2100 Bonita Springs, FL 34135Fax: (239) 495-4371