There are numerous locations in the Los Angeles area where you can donate blood and plasma, but you won’t receive exactly the same service at all of them, so if you find one where you’re treated well and the facility itself is decent, you should stick with that center for any return visits. Reading reviews of each of the donation centers can be kind of tricky too because there will the occasional unpleasant incident which triggers a really negative review, but may not be indicative of the kind of experience you should expect. In general, the facilities listed below provide a consistent experience and pleasant surroundings.
This donation center is open at 5:00 a.m. every day and stays open until 7:00 p.m. every day except for Saturday and Sunday. It is part of the nationally established Grifols network which has a presence in many of the biggest cities in the country and is known for its patient-centric care. You can expect to be treated by a knowledgeable and experienced staff, but be prepared for a long-ish visit if you’re a first-timer, because there is a ton of paperwork to be filled out, and you’ll be tested for some standard illnesses.
The first thing you’ll appreciate about this facility is that it’s a state-of-the-art clinic, and it’s staffed by some real heavyweights in the medical field. This facility actually specializes in whole health medicine, which means they have chiropractors on staff, and a team of personnel who are always seeking to discover underlying causes to illness, rather than medicating the symptoms. All that won’t affect your blood donation, but it should let you know you’re in good hands, in terms of who you’re working with.
As you’ll see in patient reviews of this clinic, the experiences here are almost universally positive, especially with regard to friendly and pleasant treatment by staff members. Many people donate here because they’re impressed with the work being done by the facility to help young children recover from disease and injury. You can expect to be constantly tended to so that you’re comfortable during the process, and more than likely you’ll come away feeling like this will be your regular donation center.
When donating at Cedars-Sinai, you’ll be given a free general health check as well as HIV testing, to ensure that you’re a good candidate for blood donations. There’s almost never any kind of wait involved at the facility, and you’ll be taken right in so you won’t spend all day at the clinic. Patient comfort gets top priority here, as you’ll be given a warm blanket for the procedure, and some juice and cookies to replenish your lost energy. Afterward, you can expect more refreshments, and a number of rewards like movie theater tickets, tickets for drawings, and other types of goodies.