Blood Donor Services
Blood Donor Room
University Hospital map/directions
Rio Tower, 3rd Floor, Elevator D
(around the corner from Cafeteria)
4502 Medical Drive, San Antonio, TX
Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday - Monday and Holidays
As the premier Level I trauma center for a 22-county area of South Texas, University Hospital is always in need of an adequate blood supply. The University Hospital Blood Bank was established to provide blood needed for our patients and relies on employees, friends, family members, visitors and the community for blood donations.
Blood supplies in San Antonio remain at dangerously low levels and the University Hospital Blood Bank is urging donors of all types to give blood. While blood donors are needed throughout the year, they are most needed during holidays and in the summer. It is during these times that the number of donations declines while the demand continues to increase.
- Apheresis (platelet) donation: You may be interested in donating platelets to help patients who undergo extensive surgery or have treatments for cancer.
- Whole blood donation: We accept blood donations in our blood bank at University Hospital, or we can hold a blood drive at practically any location off-site.
Whole blood donation is the collection of about one pint of blood from a vein in the arm. When blood is collected, it is drawn through a sterile needle into a sterile plastic container. All blood collection supplies are sterile, used only once and then discarded.
Donated blood is typed and tested in our laboratory and used by physicians for transfusion to ill and injured patients.
There are significant costs associated with collecting, testing, preparing components, storing and shipping blood, recruiting and educating donors and quality assurance.