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There is presently a nationwide shortage of platelet products – a combined decrease in donations and increase in product need has resulted in limited platelet availability. Please consider being screened to become a platelet donor. For more information, call 254.724.4376.

Current blood product needs:

  • Red Cells: Ongoing need for types O, A, B
  • Platelets: URGENT need for types O, A, B
  • Plasma: Ongoing need for types AB and A

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Platelet donors urgently needed to support local patients

The American Red Cross has advised that there is currently an ongoing shortage of platelet donations, nationwide.

Although our local community has given generously, there has been an overall decrease in number of platelet donors, while, as communicated by the ARC, the need for platelet transfusions has grown at "unforeseen" and "unexpected" rates, at both local and national levels.

Platelets are the component of your blood that is essential for normal clotting function, and they are critically important to the survival of many patients with clotting problems and cancers, as well as patients undergoing major surgeries or organ transplants. With a short shelf life of only 5 days, it is a growing challenge to maintain an adequate supply of these lifesaving blood products.

Walter Linz, MD, Director of Transfusion Medicine states "All blood product donations are appreciated. Apheresis platelet donations are particularly valuable for cancer patients which require a continuous and uninterrupted supply. That can only be accomplished in our area by donations from our patient’s friends and neighbors."

We need our community’s donations and support to meet patient needs - please consider becoming a regular platelet donor.

For more information on eligibility, or to schedule an appointment, call 254.724.4376.


You asked, we listened

We are hosting bi-monthly Saturday blood drives in the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple parking lot.

We are truly local

Your donations stay in your community to help your friends and neighbors

Our blood supply is provided solely by volunteer donors like you and is used exclusively for patients in our health system. So you can feel confident that your donation is truly helping your friends and neighbors during their time of need.


Chaplain inspires with milestone 100th blood donation

A Baylor Scott & White chaplain completed his 100th blood donation Friday, May 3, 2019, at Baylor Scott & White Blood Center in Temple.


Find a blood drive

In addition to a Blood Center, Baylor Scott & White also has several options available for a more convenient way for members of outlying communities and businesses to donate blood.

Our mobile crews are scheduled throughout each week and travel around Central Texas — including communities surrounding Killeen, Waco, College Station, Round Rock and Marble Falls.

Interested in hosting a blood drive?

By hosting a blood drive, your organization will help ensure a stable blood supply and adopt an excellent community service project benefiting the patients in our community.

Blood Center Special Events

Are you interested in enjoying free food, raffles, and other special giveaways?

This month's giveaway

Free limited-edition t-shirt

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