UCI Health Blood Donor Center - Orange Appointment Request Form

Please note- It is now required that everyone wear a mask or face covering while in the blood donor center.  Any mask is ok to wear, except one with a valve.  Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you for your interest in donating blood or platelets at the Blood Donor Center at UC Irvine Medical Center in the city of Orange. We are located in Pavilion 3 next to Primary Care/Walk-in Care center and the Outpatient Lab.   Our address is 101 The City Drive, Orange 92868

Please complete the online form below to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets. If you are donating for your own surgery, or donating for a friend or relative, a doctor's order is required. Please do not make your appointment online; call us directly to make an appointment at 714.456.5733. If you have never donated platelets before, please read about the donation process first to make sure you understand the procedure and the time commitment. View more information on who can donate »

If you have any questions or would prefer to make your appointment over the phone, please contact us at 714.456.5064 or donateblood@uci.edu

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION:

Please not that if you have had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days you will not be able to donate-  Fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, unexpected fatigue, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache, diarrhea, vomiting or nausea. Please read the following deferrals related to COVID-19 before making an appointment.                                      

  1. Am I deferred for Covid-19 testing for suspected Covid symptoms – You must be symptom free for at least 14 days before the donation, even if test was negative. 
  2. Am I deferred for Covid-19 testing for living with someone with COVID – You must be symptom free for at least 14 days before donating.                                           
  3. Am I deferred for a Confirmed positive Covid-19 test result –YES- You must wait 14 days after complete resolution of symptoms                                                                       
  4. Am I deferred if I received a COVID-19 vaccine? NO, As long as it was the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, there is no deferral. If you are a part of a study for a vaccine from another manufacturer that has not received FDA EUA approval, the deferral is 1 year.                                                                              

About Our Appointment Options

Thank you for your interest in donating blood or platelets with UCI Health at the UCI Campus Blood Donor Center in Irvine. As the only Level 1 Trauma Center and Comprehensive Cancer Center in Orange County, UCI transfuses over 1000 units of blood and platelets to our patients each month. We couldn’t do it without people like you. We have several appointment options, please read more about each one before choosing your appointment type.

  1. Blood Donation - You will donate approximately 1 pint of blood. The entire process takes about 45 minutes, but the actual donation part takes between 4-12 minutes. You can donate blood every 56 days. All blood types accepted.
  2. Platelet Donation - In order to donate platelets, you must have either previously donated platelets with UCI or have been prescreened for platelets at UCI. If not, read about the two options below (Blood donation + platelet prescreen or platelet prescreen to see what the next step is for you to donate platelets. For platelet donations, you will donate both platelets & plasma while your red cells will be returned to you. The entire process takes about 2 ½ hours, the actual donation part takes between 1- 2 hours. You will have a needle in each arm, one drawing you blood where it is then separated by a machine. The plasma and platelets are collected, and your red cells are returned to you in the other arm. You can donate platelets every 7 days, with a maximum of 24 donations in a 12-month period. All blood types accepted for platelets except type O negative.
  3. Blood Donation + Platelet Prescreen - This donation is for people who have never donated blood with UCI previously and are interested in finding out if they qualify to donate platelets. Along with donating blood, a small sample of blood will be analyzed which will tell us if your platelet count is high enough. You will know prior to leaving if you are a good candidate for platelet donation. For females who have had a pregnancy, an additional test will be done for HLA. Results will be back within 3 days.
  4. Platelet Prescreen - If you have previously donated blood with UCI, you can set up an appointment to be prescreened for platelets. This appointment will take approximately 15-20 minutes. You will know prior to leaving if you are a good candidate for platelet donation. For females who have had a pregnancy, an additional test will be done for HLA. Results will be back within 3 days.

 
Day   Open
Monday    9:00am-5:00pm for blood, Platelets by appointments only
Tuesday    9:00am-5:00pm for blood, Platelets by appointments only
Wednesday    9:00am-5:00pm for blood, Platelets by appointments only
Thursday    CLOSED
Friday    7:00am- 12:30pm Platelets by appointment only
Saturday    7:00am-12:30pm Platelets by appointment only

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