WATCH: NOLA physicians address critically low blood inventory levels


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Blood supplies continue shrinking to all-time lows as donor turnout decreases while elective surgeries are on the rise.

Local physicians representing prominent New Orleans medical facilities and the community at large held a press conference Monday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at The Blood Center’s headquarters, located on the 4th floor at 2609 Canal St.

The primary topic of discussion was the nationwide blood shortage and its impact on patient care throughout our community.

Jefferson Parish, in partnership with The Blood Center, will be hosting blood drives at specific playgrounds on the East Bank and West Bank due to blood shortages both locally and nationwide. One lucky donor will be entered to win a $500 gas card from The Blood Center. In order to enter to win, the donor must take a selfie while donating and send the photo to

Appointments are encouraged but not required. Eligible donors can make an appointment at the following locations in Jefferson Parish by clicking the links below or by calling (800) 86-BLOOD:

Pontiff Playground:
Monday, May 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
1521 Palm St., Metairie, LA 70001
**Schedule an appointment

Lakeshore Playground:
Tuesday, May 25 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
1125 Rosa Avenue, Metairie, LA 70005
**Schedule an appointment

King’s Grant Playground:
Wednesday, May 26 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
3805 15th St., Harvey, LA 70058
**Schedule an appointment

Miley Playground:
Thursday, May 27 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
6716 W. Metairie Ave. Metairie, LA 70003
**Schedule an appointment

Johnny Jacobs Playground:
Friday, May 28 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
5851 5th Ave., Marrero, LA 70072
**Schedule an appointment

Pontiff Playground:
Saturday, May 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1521 Palm St., Metairie, LA 70001
**Schedule an appointment

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