Help Save a Life – Donate Blood

Our Volunteer Blood Donor Program relies on the support of individuals and area service organizations to provide most of the blood used annually in our medical centers. Our New Jersey blood donation facilities are proud to offer a comfortable atmosphere where donors are treated as an important part of our family. Convenient hours allow donors to schedule evening or weekend appointments and walk-ins are always welcome.

The need for blood is increasing much faster than the number of donors. Your donation of blood can minimize these shortages and help save the life of someone in need. Blood donors may donate for general, replacement, autologous, or designated use. You also can help by volunteering your time in the donor room.

But who can donate blood? If interested in donating, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds (120 pounds if 16 years old)
  • Present photo identification

But you may not donate if you:

  • Have a history of viral hepatitis at age 11 or older
  • Are recovering from an infectious illness
  • Are in a high risk group (such as individuals with HIV or AIDS)
  • Spent a total of three months or more in the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands) between 1980 and 1996

There is no danger in donating blood, as sterile, disposable equipment is always used. For more specific details on who may donate, contact the Blood Donor Program at 908-685-2926.

Please note: our Blood Donor Room periodically closes for off-site blood drives. Please call before coming to donate.

RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200

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