ELIH in ‘dire need’ of blood donations


Eastern Long Island Hospital has declared a blood shortage emergency and is in “dire need of blood donations,” according to the hospital.

The hospital will hold a blood drive Thursday, Feb. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the conference room. For an appointment, call 477-5100, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Donors must be at least 16 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and have not donated blood in the previous 59 days. Anyone who had a tattoo during the past 12 months cannot donate blood.

Those 16 years old must have parental consent and the permission form can be downloaded from Anyone 76 and over must have a doctor’s note.

Bring identification with a signature or a photo.

The hospital suggests potential donors eat well with low fat foods and drink fluids beforehand.

For info on medical eligibility call 1-800-688-0900.

Donors will receive a $5 gift card for use at the hospital’s Corner Gift Shop or Green House Grill.