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Donating Platelets

Baystate Health Blood Donor Center needs new platelet donors!  Platelets are important in the control of bleeding and are generally used in patients with leukemia and other forms of cancer, open heart surgery patients, transplant patients, and some trauma patients.  Since they must be used within five days, maintaining an adequate supply is always a challenge.


The Blood Donor Center now has new, state-of-the-art plateletpheresis machines called Trima’s that are faster, provide a better product, and …this is the big news…uses only one needle!


Please make your appointment to donate platelets today.  For more information, or to make an appointment, call 413-794-4600.  The Blood Donor Center is located on the first floor of the Daly building.  Our hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday 8am-4pm….Tuesday and Wednesday 12 noon-8pm. 


Platelet donors must meet the same age, weight and health standards as whole-blood donors and also submit to screening interviews.  ALT


Platelet donors must also avoid some medications:

  • Plavix
  • Aspirin or medications containing aspirin five days prior to the donation.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, etc.) within three days of the donation.

We currently have an urgent need for new blood platelet donors.


If you want to donate platelets, call the BMC Blood Donor Center at 413-794-4600 or visit us to discuss your suitability as a platelet donor. We may ask you initially to make a whole blood donation.



  • Platelet donation takes 1½ to two hours.
  • Our video library can help you pass the time.
  • We draw blood from one arm, process it in a centrifuge to extract the platelets, and then return the remaining blood via a needle in the donor's other arm.
  • Eat a good meal prior to donating.
  • You may donate platelets up to 24 times in any 12-month period, or about once every two weeks – unlike whole blood donors who must wait eight weeks before another donation of any type.