Newton Med­i­cal Center to host blood drive

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

Newton Med­i­cal Center will host a blood drive Thurs­day in part­ner­ship with LifeSouth Com­mu­nity Blood Cen­ters in recog­ni­tion of Na­tional Blood Donor Month.

The blood drive, open to the en­tire com­mu­nity, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. in the physi­cian’s pavil­ion au­di­to­rium at the hos­pi­tal. Any­one wish­ing to do­nate blood is urged to call ahead and sched­ule a time. Ap­point­ments can be sched­uled by call­ing hu­man re­sources at 770385-4363.Walk-ins will also be wel­come the day of the blood drive.

Anne Gantt, physi­cian li­ai­son with Newton Med­i­cal, ex­plained that blood is tra­di­tion­ally in short sup­ply dur­ing the win­ter months, es­pe­cially in Jan­uary, due to the hol­i­days, travel sched­ules, in­clement weather and ill­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the hos­pi­tal, a re­duc­tion in turnout can put the na­tion’s blood in­ven­tory at a crit­i­cal low. There­fore, Jan­uary has been des­ig­nated as Na­tional Blood Donor Month to en­cour­age donors to give or pledge to give blood.

LifeSouth Com­mu­nity Blood Cen­ters is a com­mu­nity blood sup­plier for the Newton Med­i­cal Center and other hos­pi­tals in Ge­or­gia, Florida and Al- abama. Each year, nearly five mil­lion Amer­i­cans need a blood trans­fu­sion. To meet that re­spon­si­bil­ity, LifeSouth col­lects 300,000 blood do­na­tions a year, about 836 donors a day, the news re­lease said. Each dona­tion saves three lives.

To give blood, donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in gen­eral good health. Any­one who is 16 years old may do­nate with writ­ten parental per­mis­sion.

Those do­nat­ing blood should bring a photo ID and prior to do­nat­ing, drink ex­tra caf­feine-free flu­ids, eat a good meal and get plenty of sleep the night be­fore. Donors should also re­frain from in­tense ex­er­cise or heavy lift­ing af­ter giv­ing blood.

Ev­ery donor will re­ceive free snacks, a choles­terol screen­ing and a LifeSouth T-shirt.

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