Scott & White hospitals in Temple continue to treat five patients following a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West.

Three patients are at the main hospital in Temple, with two listed in critical condition and one in fair condition, according to a news release. McLane Children’s Hospital is treating two pediatric trauma patients — one in critical condition and the other in serious condition.

Blood donations are needed as hospitals work to treat the injured, a Carter BloodCare news release stated.

The blood center is sending supplies to hospitals treating patients from the explosion. Blood “will be in great demand over the next two weeks” as officials work to replenish supplies used after Wednesday’s explosion, the news release stated.

Scott & White’s Blood Donation Center in Temple, The Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood and Walmart in Killeen and Harker Heights are hosting blood drives throughout the weekend.

Melissa Purl, Seton Medical Center Harker Heights spokeswoman, said the hospital is not treating any patients from the explosion, but is dedicated to helping in any way it can.

“Blood donations will be an ongoing thing,” Purl said, adding officials hope to have a donation drive early next week as blood continues to be needed.

In an effort to provide supplies and relief, Metroplex Hospital launched a “Friends of West” needs drive. Employees, physicians and residents are encouraged to drop off donations of soap, lotion, wash-wipes, shampoo, personal care products, towels, diapers, blankets and water at the hospital’s emergency department until Monday. Metroplex staff will meet Monday with Red Cross representatives in Waco.

The hospital needs volunteers to track and collect items throughout the weekend. To volunteer, call (254) 519-8200.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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