The San Diego Blood Bank

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San Diego with its mild weather and beautiful scenery has a collection of terrific blood banks; they are located through the city and vary in operating hours:

440 Upas St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-6393
Operating hours:
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday

680 Fletcher Parkway
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 441-1804
Operating hours:
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday

1340 West Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 489-0621
Operating hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday

161 Thunder Drive
Vista, CA 92083
(760) 945-1906
Operating hours:
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday

Founded by SDG&E
1717 Sweetwater Rd., Suite G
National City, CA 91950
(619) 336-4090
Operating hours:
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

You can donate bone marrow, blood, plasma, platelets, double red cells

Payment for donor:
none, however they have contests every month for tickets to baseball games and concerts.

Test prior to donation:
Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on day of donation. They check iron levels and check vitals like temperature, pulse and blood pressure. For bone marrow they do 2 blood draws & send it out for tests.

How often can donate:
Bone marrow, once unless the receiver needs more. Blood: every 56 days, Platelets: every two weeks. Double red cells every 16 weeks

Time period for donation:
Bone Marrow donations take 2 or 3 hrs for surgical procedure, or 40 hrs spread over 7 days. The donor needs to take 4 days of injections to boost cells before bone marrow donation. A blood new donation only takes 45mins to 1 hr. Regular donors only take 30 minutes to 1 hr.

Up front costs to donor:

History of center:
been in business since 1949

The state of California does not allow them to pay for donations; they depend upon the generosity of people.

Pyramid Biological Corporation

Pyramid Biological

If you want to donate blood, you are doing a noble thing. Sometimes, it is nice to get paid for good deeds. For a paying donation in San Diego look not further than Pyramid Biological Corp in San Diego:

Pyramid Biological Corporation
4402 Dayton Street
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 265-0334

Pyramid Biological Corporation
2850 6th Avenue Suite 111
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-4011

Donate: You can donate both whole blood & and blood plasma.
What is the most common blood type?
Type O– the universal donor, and you can give red blood cells to any other blood type.
Type AB+– universal recipient and can receive red blood cells from any other blood type.
Type AB– universal plasma donor and can give plasma to any other blood type.

Open hours: normal operating hours are:

Monday Tuesday Thursday 7-6:30
Wednesday Friday 7-4 :30
Saturday and Sunday 8-2:30

Payment to donor: $20 each time

Tests prior to donations: They do a brief medical screen taking vitals- temperature, pulse and blood pressure. They also do a medical history, and check iron levels and protein levels.

How often can you donate: You can donate plasma twice in 7 days, because they return your blood back to you. You can only donate blood once every 8 weeks.

Time it takes to donate blood: A blood donation takes about 1 hr, while plasma donation takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Up front costs: none

History: They have been open since 1975, and have community drives.

Advantages: Easy to get to locations, and lots of convenient parking!

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5 thoughts on “The San Diego Blood Bank

  1. In 2001 i donated twice a week for 2 years. I couldnt speak very well back then.
    I have a hole in my arm from the inexperience nurses that kept putting the needle in the same arm. I want you to look me up Gloria Pinedo I went to a surgeon that wanted $500 dollars to cover it up. I will keep in touch with you and send you my picture of my arm. Please respond back. This has been long overdue.

  2. Has anyone with hemocromatosis donated blood at the SDBB? I get different answers from people on the phone there depending on what day I call, who I talk to, and the cycle of the moon.

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