My experince with Biolife has been a bit frustrating, but I regularly go to donate. They seem to ALWAYS been running behind and I've found that about half of their staff is at times unprofessional. They talk about things with eachother and with me that I find personal and should be left for after work. They seem to be a bit unorganized and I dealt with employers making a few mistakes while getting me into their system. Because of miscommunication I sat for 45 minutes my first time before being told I didn't have the required information to donate...although I brought what I was told to bring. When I went back I was there for an hour and 25 minutes before being told I couldn't donate due to a high pulse...which of course isn't their fault..but they need to test those things at the beginning so people don't sit there forever for nothing. My third time went a bit more smoothly. During my physical the nurse got up and left 3 times and complained repeatedly that no one else was answering the walkie talkie calls so she had to do it. After all of that I finally was able to donate. That process went very smoothly (except for a couple of the employees talking about getting drunk that weekend). I think they need to clean up their talk and get their check-in process more finely tuned but its worth all the frustration to help save lifes. Hopefully you're experience will be smoother! Before you go, check out their website for a $5 coupon.
Their screening process is very thorough, Ave yes... They treat all new people as potential drug users. You will be checked for needle marks in places you didn't think people would stick needles, and they'll ask you about 20 times if you have AIDS. But once you get through all that, their floor team is very knowledgeable and friendly. That facility is very clean and they play movies for you to watch while you complete the process. You're also able to bring in your phone and use it as necessary, though you'll more or less be restricted to using one arm for the duration of the procedure. To all new people thinking about donating, be sure to drink a lot of water the day before and the day of donation, and avoid foods heavy in grease as it'll make it harder for the centrifuge to separate your blood from your plasma, and you'll be there significantly longer. Even if you've never had a problem donating blood, the system is different enough you'll want to follow those guidelines.