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Blood Donor Program

Donating whole blood, platelets, or plasma

Thank you for considering donating blood, platelets, or plasma. The Blood Donor Program is incredibly grateful for your willingness to help patients in our local communities. In accordance with COVID-19 response efforts, we are currently accepting a limited number of daily appointments. Please call 603-653-3775 to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule online.

Convalescent plasma

The Blood Donor Program is also accepting convalescent plasma donations. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are interested in donating convalescent plasma, please call 603-653-0609 to be prescreened over the phone.

For general information about convalescent plasma, please visit COVIDPlasma.org. Please note, however, that the eligibility criteria on the COVIDPlasma.org website does not apply to the Blood Donor Program. Our Program will determine your eligibility during your phone prescreening.

Please review the blood, platelet, and plasma pre-screening criteria

Please use the following pre-screening criteria prior to scheduling your appointment. If your answer to any of the following questions changes between now and your appointment date, please cancel your appointment. Please note that the following prescreening criteria do not apply to convalescent plasma donors.

  1. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or Coronavirus?
    → Yes = not eligible for 28 days from last day symptomatic. After 28 days, you may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma, which directly helps COVID-19 patients. To learn more about donating convalescent plasma, visit COVIDPlasma.org or call 603-653-3775 to be prescreened over the phone.
  2. In the last 28 days have you had a fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
    → Yes to any of these symptoms = not eligible to donate for 28 days from last day symptomatic.
  3. Have you been exposed to a person who has COVID-19, or is suspected of having COVID-19?
    → Yes = not eligible for 28 days after last day of contact.
    → Yes, but as a hospital employee, with proper PPE = not eligible for 28 days after last day of contact.
  4. Have you been in a state other than New Hampshire or Vermont in the last 14 days?
    → Yes = per NH/VT state border restrictions, you are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. You will not be eligible until after the last day of self-quarantine.

New Hampshire/Vermont travel restrictions

The Blood Donor Program is currently providing an “Essential Personnel” letter to donors, at least three days prior to your appointment. For this reason, it is important that you provide your email address when scheduling an appointment. As a blood, platelet, or plasma donor, you are providing an essential service during a national crisis, which allows you to travel within New Hampshire, as well as to and from Vermont. Please print or take a picture of the letter and bring it to your appointment.

What to expect when you arrive at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Since the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has updated their recommendations, we ask that you arrive wearing a mask (cloth or medical). If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you at the building entrance.

Please park in the parking garage. You will enter the building on level 4. Staff will confirm that you are well and perform a quick infrared temperature reading (the handheld device is held over your forehead, but does not touch your skin). Please let them know that you have an appointment with the Blood Donor Program. There will be a bank of elevators on your left-hand side. Take those elevators to level 2. We are located directly across from the elevators on level 2. We have sanitizer available as soon as you enter the program, on your left-hand side.

Still have questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact Donor Relations Specialist, Denee MacKenzie at denee.f.mackenzie@hitchcock.org.

 

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