(Hyannis, October 14, 2022) The Cape Cod Hospital Blood Bank is in urgent need of O negative blood donors. While all blood types are needed on a regular basis, there is currently a shortage of O Negative, in particular. Jonathan DeCoste Senior Blood Donor Recruiter at Cape Cod Healthcare notes, “Type O negative is the universal blood type, meaning that anyone can receive your blood and it can be used in transfusions for any other blood type. It is routinely in short supply and in high demand by hospitals for emergency transfusions.” If you or someone you know has O negative blood, please consider making an appointment at one of our upcoming blood drives. Cape Cod Healthcare blood drives are scheduled in the coming weeks, including: • October 17: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Clark-Haddad American Legion Post 188, 20 Main St., Sandwich • October 18: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford St., Falmouth • October 20: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Brewster Police Department, 631 Harwich Road, Brewster • October 21: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Orleans Police Department, 99 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans • October 24: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Christ the King Church, 3 Jobs Fishing Road, Mashpee • October 26: 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bass River Rod & Gun Club, 621 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port • October 27: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., YMCA Cape Cod, 2245 Iyannough Road, W. Barnstable To make an appointment for one of the drives listed above, please visit www.capecodhealth.org/give-blood. Donations can also be made at the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center at Cape Cod Hospital. The Donor Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment for the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center, please call us at 508-862-5663. About Cape Cod Healthcare Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 500 physicians, 5,700 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare is comprised of two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, six urgent care centers and numerous health programs. For more information, visit the Cape Cod Healthcare website at www.capecodhealth.org. For the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news, visit www.capecodhealthnews.com.