UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center - Loveland

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We are open.

Your safety is our top priority while providing you with the highest level of care.

Hospital visitor hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hours
Monday: 9:30am – 5pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9:30am – 5pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 5pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

**Due to COVID-19 concerns, appointments are currently required.**

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

Did you know one blood donation could save three lives? When you give blood at Garth Englund Blood Center, the blood supplies mutliple hospitals in northern Colorado: Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Greeley Hospital and Longs Peak Hospital.

Blood donation guidelines

To donate blood, a person must be at least 18 years old (or 17 with a parent’s permission) and show a 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 from previous donations.

Convalescent plasma donors

Are you a convalescent plasma donor interested in helping COVID-19 patients?

Learn more

>> See the Garth Englund – Fort Collins page for more guidelines and process information.

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 big 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 test called a hematocrit that checks your volume of red blood cells.

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

After your donation
  • Rest for a short time.
  • Enjoy a snack.
  • Please fill out a reminder postcard for your next appointment. You can give blood 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.

Find out more.