Onancock, VA – The American Red Cross (ARC) plans a blood drive for August 22 at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital from 11am – 3pm in the hospital’s conference room.

ARC reports that blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.  Currently, there is less than a five-day supply on hand.  There is a particular need for type O blood which plays a vital role in emergencies and ongoing patient care.  Type O negative is the universal blood type and is the type medical personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of the patient.  Donors of all blood types are welcome, as are Power Red donors.

Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight of 110 pounds and minimum age of 17.  A 16-year old may donate blood with written parental consent.  There is no upper age limit for donating blood.

Many health conditions and medications do NOT prevent someone from donating blood.  People taking insulin, blood pressure, thyroid, and cholesterol medications, aspirin, antidepressants, and hormone replacement CAN give blood.

Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water.

No appointment is necessary, but having one will speed the process.  Make an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code SMHosp.