Garth Englund Mobile Blood Bank in Northern Colorado
If your busy schedule makes it hard to donate, The Garth Englund Blood Center has a Mobile Blood Bank that makes appearances throughout northern Colorado.

Did you know that one blood donation can save three lives? When you give blood at UCHealth, your donation helps patients across Colorado.

UCHealth in northern Colorado operates blood donation centers that exclusively support Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies and Estes Park Medical Center.

Donation guidelines

Who can donate blood?
To protect the health of blood donors and recipients, you must meet these requirements and safety regulations.

  • Be at least 18 years old (or 17 with a parent’s permission) and show a photo identification
  • Weigh at least 120 pounds and be in good health (If you’ve donated blood in the past, you must weigh at least 110 pounds.)
Who can't donate blood?
You may NOT donate blood if you have:

  • Been exposed to the hepatitis or AIDS viruses
  • Had a major illness or surgery in past year
  • Had body piercing or a tattoo in the past year. Donating after body piercing or a tattoo is acceptable if we have a letter on file from your tattoo or piercing artist stating they use sterile-needle standards.
  • Given birth, had a miscarriage or abortion in the past six weeks, or are currently pregnant
  • Been to a malaria-risk country in the past year. If you’ve traveled to Mexico, check with us about donating; the rules have changed and there are fewer restrictions.
  • Lived in the United Kingdom and certain U.K. overseas possessions from 1980 to 1996 for periods adding up to three months
  • Received a blood transfusion in the United Kingdom since 1980
  • Lived or worked on a U.S. military base in eight other European countries for periods adding up to six months. The years of residence vary by country, but are either 1980 to 1990 or 1980 to 1996.
  • Lived or stayed in continental Europe between 1980 and 1996 for periods adding up to five years

How is it done?

Before you go to a donation site, please make sure to eat something and bring a list of any medicines you take. Plan to stay at the facility for about 40-45 minutes for the entire process.

The donation process

  • When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by staff members who will guide you through the process and answer your questions.
  • We’ll help you complete health history and consent forms. As part of your health history, you’ll be asked about medicines you take. Most medicines are okay. You’ll also be asked about behavior that is considered a risk for HIV or hepatitis exposure.
  • We’ll record your temperature and blood pressure and do a finger-stick test called a hematocrit to check the volume of your red blood cells.
  • Your arm will be cleaned with a sterile disinfectant swab, and a needle inserted into a vein on the inside of your elbow.
  • The actual blood donation takes five to 10 minutes. If you feel lightheaded at any time, please let us know.
  • When you’re done, we’ll place a wrap on your arm. You’ll rest for a short time afterwards and enjoy a snack before you go.

Before you leave, please fill out a reminder postcard for your next appointment. You can give blood once every 56 days (eight weeks).

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