UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center - Greeley

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Before visiting someone,
please read our visitation policy to help with the planning of your visit.

Monday: 7:30am – 3pm
Tuesday: 11:30am – 7pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 3pm
Thursday: 11:30am – 7pm
Friday: 9am – 4:30pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Schedule a blood donation or call us at 970.392.6990

**Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.**

Be a hero to your neighborhood! Give blood. Save lives.

Did you know one blood donation could save up to three lives?

Your blood supports patients at multiple hospitals in Colorado: Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Greeley Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, Grandview Hospital, Broomfield Hospital and UCHealth Estes Park locations.

Are you blood type A? B? Maybe AB or O? It doesn’t matter what blood type you are (or if you even know your blood type).

All types of blood are valuable, and all can help save lives.

Blood donor eligibility

To donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (or 17 with a parent’s permission) and show photo identification. New blood donors must weigh at least 120 pounds and be in good health. Prior donors must weigh at least 110 pounds with no complications during previous donations, and feel well and healthy.

Most people are eligible to donate blood and recent FDA changes to eligibility guidance, including the individual donor assessment and European travel, may mean those once deferred can give. We encourage you to review both the individual donor assessment and donor eligibility sections below to help determine if you’re eligible to help save lives.

If you were instructed by your doctor to donate for your health, please contact the Donor Center at the number above so we can assist with your therapeutic phlebotomy needs.

Individual Donor Assessment

We moved towards a more inclusive blood donation process on October 30, 2023. In alliance with the new FDA guidance, we implemented the new individual donor assessment questionnaire which eliminated previous FDA criteria that may have caused people to be ineligible for blood donation. Under the new individual donor assessment criteria, the donor history is gender-neutral and all donors answer the same questions regardless of gender. Each donor is assessed on their individual risk factors. We are excited to welcome a more inclusive donor base when you are ready!

To learn more about the scientific data behind this change you can go to:
How Individual Donor Assessment Was Informed by Research (aabb.org)

To learn more about FAQ’s and the specific eligibility changes go to:
FAQs on Individual Donor Assessment Screening (aabb.org)

Donor eligibility

To ensure safety for recipients of donated blood and blood products, individuals may NOT donate for certain reasons or conditions.

  • The restrictions for military service members stationed in Europe AND for donors who have spent 5 years or more HAS BEEN LIFTED. You may now donate if you lived or served in the military in Europe.
  • Previous deferrals based on time spent in Europe from 1980-2001 HAVE BEEN LIFTED. You may now donate if you lived or visited Europe during these years.
  • You can be exposed to malaria through travel to certain countries, so your travel will be evaluated when you come in to donate.
  • Certain medications. In almost all cases, medications will not disqualify you as a blood donor. Your eligibility will be based upon the reason that the medication was prescribed. As long as the condition is under control and you are healthy, blood donation is usually permitted. When you come in to donate, you will be asked to review a list of medications that are known to harm recipients. Please tell us if you have taken any of these medications after reviewing the list.
    • If you have specific medication questions, please contact us. We’re happy to discuss your donor eligibility.
  • If you have had recent surgery, it is not necessarily the surgery, but the underlying condition requiring surgery to be performed that requires evaluation before you donate. Again we need you to be well and healthy for donation.
  • If you have a cardiac arrhythmia that requires treatment, including oral medications, implants or pacemakers, you will not be allowed to donate in order to ensure your health and safety.
  • Pregnant women need to wait 6 weeks after giving birth to protect your own health. Breast feeding is not a deferral.
  • Wait 3 months after a tattoo/permanent makeup if it was applied in a state that does not regulate tattoo facilities. Currently, the only states that DO NOT regulate tattoo facilities are: District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wyoming. A tattoo or cosmetic tattoo is acceptable if applied by a state-regulated entity using sterile needles and ink that is not reused.
  • Piercings are acceptable as long as the instruments used were single-use equipment and disposable (which means both the gun and the earring cassette were disposable). Wait 3 months if reusable equipment was used.
  • You should not donate if you have AIDS/HIV, have had a positive test for the AIDS/HIV virus, have or have taken antiretroviral medications. Never donate blood just to get free testing!
  • If you have ever been diagnosed with hepatitis B or hepatitis C, you may not donate blood or blood products. If you live with or have had close contact with someone with hepatitis, wait 12 months until after the last contact before you donate.
  • If you received a COVID-19 vaccination and it was the mRNA version (Pfizer or Moderna), then there is no waiting period to donate after vaccination.
  • If you are unsure of what type of COVID-19 vaccine you received or know it was NOT the mRNA version, there will be a 14-day deferral to donate. We are happy to welcome you again on day 15 post-vaccination.

Types of blood donations

Whole blood donation

Who it helps

Whole blood donations can help many people. Whole blood can be used in many ways to help save the lives of trauma patients, those having a surgery, or those who need an emergency transfusion.

  • Donation time: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Donation frequency: Every 56 days
  • Blood types needed: All blood types
Platelet donation

What is it?

Platelet donations are a special donation done through a process called apheresis (ay-fur-ee-sis). Platelet donations are collected at our Garth Englund Blood Center – Fort Collins, Garth Englund Blood Center – Loveland (located inside Medical Center of the Rockies) and UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center – Greeley locations.

We use an automated process that lets a donor give blood, and then separates the whole blood into its 3 basic parts: platelets, red cells and plasma. Each of these components is a valuable part of many health treatments.

Learn more about platelet and apheresis donations >

Who it helps

Platelet donations are most often used to help those facing injuries and illnesses, cancer, and burn patients.

  • Donation time: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Donation frequency: Every 14 days, up to 24 times within a year
  • Blood types needed: All blood types

Schedule a blood donation or call us at 970.392.6990

Your donation at Garth Englund

Preparing for a successful blood donation
Several things can be done before donating, and in between donating, to keep you feeling your best. Follow these simple suggestions, for the best results:

Rest. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep prior to donating, and try to schedule before or several hours after exercising.

Hydrate. Start hydrating at least 24 hours prior to your donation appointment. Choose water, juice, or sports drinks to help make your veins easier to locate, and to replenish fluid volume lost during your donation. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine (coffee, soda, energy drinks) for 24 hours before your donation.

Eat well. Eat a well-balanced meal within four hours leading up to your donation appointment. Avoid fatty foods as they may affect the blood you donate. Increase your diet in iron-­rich foods between donations to maintain your proper iron levels.

When you’re at Garth Englund

When you enter the Garth Englund donation site, staff members will guide you through the process and answer your questions.

The donation process takes 30 to 45 minutes. This includes the time needed to fill out health history and consent forms.

The rest of the process includes having your vitals taken, and undergoing a finger-stick check to test your hemoglobin levels which tells us the volume of red blood cells.

The actual drawing of blood – a pint – takes five to 10 minutes.

After your donation
  • After donation, donors are encouraged to rest 10 minutes before leaving and grab a snack.
  • Stop by the front desk to schedule your next appointment or simply log into your HemaConnect donor portal to self-schedule. You are able to donate once every 56 days (or eight weeks).

Host a mobile blood drive

Over 80% of UCHealth blood products are the direct result of community-hosted blood drives.

Among the many organizations who have hosted a mobile blood drive are Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Colorado State University. Their willingness to host a blood drive contributed significantly to the patient care successes of our hospitals.

For more information about hosting a mobile blood drive, please email [email protected] or contact us via phone at 970.495.8965 or 970.495.8962.

Mobile Blood Drive Interest Form

Do you know your blood type?

Did you know that nearly 66% percent of Americans report not knowing their blood type?

We invite you to join us for a blood donation. Help save lives and find out your blood type at UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center.

All blood types are valuable, and your donation helps to save lives within your community!

 Blood type  % of population  Component needed
 O negative  7%  Red blood cells
 O positive  37%  Red blood cells and platelets
 A negative  6%  Red blood cells and platelets
 A positive  36%  Red blood cells and platelets
 B negative  2%  Platelets and plasma
 B positive  8%  Platelets and plasma
 AB negative  1%  Platelets and plasma
 AB positive  3%  Platelets and plasma