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Two Sites Offer Platelet Donation

Exterior view of entrance to the NIH Donor Center at Fishers Lane
Exterior view of the NIH Donor Center at Fishers Lane

The NIH Blood Bank and the NIH Donor Center at Fishers Lane need donors to help with a special type of blood donation called platelet donation. There is currently an acute need for platelet donors to support Clinical Center patients. 

Two convenient locations are available for platelet donation: 

  • NIH Donor Center at Fishers Lane, 5625 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Monday-Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • NIH Blood Bank, department of transfusion medicine, 1st floor of the Clinical Center, Mondays, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call for an appointment at (301) 496-4321 or email

If you have not donated platelets before and are not sure whether you are eligible, visit to learn more about platelet donation. 

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