If you have a condition such as polycythemia or porphyria cutanea tarda and are required to have blood drawn as a form of treatment, you may come to any Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center facility for the procedure.
Therapeutic patients may only be drawn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Blood Center’s therapeutic request form must be completed by your doctor and faxed to (713) 790-1782 at least 72 hours prior to the first collection to allow time for review, Medical Director approval and data entry. Incomplete or illegible orders will not be accepted. Download the Therapeutic Request Form.
There is a $150 fee per therapeutic phlebotomy for all patients other than those with a diagnosis of hereditary hemochomatosis or secondary polycythemia due to testosterone replacement therapy, since in some cases these units may be used for transfusion to patients. Payment will be accepted onsite using a major credit card at the Neighborhood Donor Center after screening, prior to phlebotomy. A receipt and form that may be used for insurance reimbursement will be provided. The fee does not apply to patients with Medicare or Medicare coverage.