Boquete Health & Hospice
Did you know there are only two small blood banks in Chiriqui which rarely share blood with other hospitals?
Boquete Health and Hospice maintains a blood donor list for use by all residents of the District of Boquete. This list is not published or shared in any way. We also provide guidelines for prospective donors.
For almost all situations, the ONLY way to receive blood at any hospital is to ask donors to come to the hospital and donate for you at your time of your need. You cannot purchase blood from a hospital, but you can pay someone to donate for you at the hospital. This is not always the safest way, since some people can feel compelled by money to withhold information about their medical histories. In an emergency situation, the staff at the hospital or the firemen will donate blood, but there is often an expense involved.
You can volunteer to donate blood in emergencies by putting your name on the list of people to be notified if a District of Boquete resident needs blood of your type at the local hospitals (Hospital Chiriqui, Mae Lewis Hospital or the Regional Hospital). Your blood type is on your Panamanian driver's license. It may be on your homeland driver's license. You can get your blood typed by paying a small fee at any local lab. The cost is usually $5-$10.
Our confidential list of blood donors is maintained by two volunteers. We will find donors for you, whether you have volunteered to give blood or not. Giving blood is not a requirement for receiving blood. Our Spanish is limited, so there must be an English speaking contact person.
When you volunteer to donate blood, plan on spending the day in David due to the lab testing needed.
CRITERIA FOR DONATING BLOOD
Criteria for donating blood at the local hospitals:
Drink fluids before you go. Stop and get something to drink after you have donated to replace the fluid volume.
Risky behaviors for hepatitis and HIV: There is a window of time between the time of exposure to a disease and the time that antibodies will show up in a lab test. Risky behaviors include IV drug use, men having sex with men, any unprotected sex with a man who has had unprotected sex with another man, prostitution, any unprotected sex, or sex with a prostitute. If you have engaged in these or any risky behaviors, please self-select off the list. You may ask the coordinators questions about this if you wish.
TO BECOME A BLOOD DONOR
If you meet the criteria, send your name, phone number, and blood type to email@example.com. Thank you for becoming a blood donor!
TO REQUEST BLOOD DONORS
To request blood donors, or ask questions, please call:
Charlotte Lintz at 6693-5005 or
Tamera Belkenhol at 6623-1877.