UCLA Blood & Platelet Center

Red blood cells

About Us

In 1975, the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center opened its doors for the first time. We are responsible for providing a healthy blood component supply for patients at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, and the Santa Monica UCLA Hospital. 

The UCLA Blood & Platelet Center collects approximately 60,000 donations per year. These donations yield about 75% of the blood and platelets transfused to our patients.

We Are Here to Help

To speak with a staff member, please call us at (310) 825-0888, select option 2 or via email at [email protected].

For a Directed Donation to a specific patient, please call (310) 794-7207.

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Your Plasma is Needed!

Recovered from COVID-19?

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Groundbreaking Study

Change continues with you. Are you...

  • A gay or bisexual man?
  • Between 18 and 39 years old?
  • Interested in becoming a blood donor?
  • Able and willing to travel to a local study site to participate?

Earn up to $85 for Participating in the Study

Thank You!

Your donations help maintain the blood supply! Please schedule an appointment today.

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Focus on Safety

BPC is taking the following safety measures to help protect our staff and our donors:

  • Universal masking
  • Social distancing protocols
  • Cleaning and disinfection of all areas

Vaccination and Blood Donation FAQs

With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ongoing nationwide, some donors and patients have questions about vaccination, blood donations and blood transfusions. AABB’s experts have compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Dr. Dawn Ward and Dr. Alyssa Ziman

A Message from our Medical Directors

On behalf of the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center, I would like to thank you for your past donation with our center. No words can aptly capture the gift you have given by donating blood and blood components for our UCLA patients.  

Although the pandemic is improving in our region, there is still a need for blood as hospital demands continue to outpace donations. There is a severe blood shortage affecting our center and blood suppliers across the nation such as American Red Cross. The shortage is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

UCLA patients remain in dire need of life-saving blood products and immediate action is necessary to avoid negative effects to patients. While we recognize that our lives are returning to pre-pandemic activities, we respectfully ask that you donate blood and encourage your friends and family to donate to support patients in our community. 

Please donate whole blood or apheresis platelets at one of our centers or mobile sites.  You may schedule your appointment online at https://www.uclahealth.org/gotblood/ or by calling (310) 825-0888, select option 2.

Thank you again for donating with the Blood and Platelet Center and supporting UCLA patients. We hope to see you soon.


Dawn Ward MD
Medical Director
UCLA Blood & Platelet Center

Alyssa Ziman MD
Medical Director
Transfusion Medicine

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