Blood Donation


Helping the World Recover

Blood Donation Facts

One blood bag saves 3 lives.
There is no replacement for blood donations - no synthetic alternative.
Your body quickly refills your blood



by donating 


bags of blood!

Woman Donating Blood

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Go with a friend

If you are nervous and if restrictions allow, try to book an appointment at a similar time and place to a friend for a family member.

but there is a pandemic going on...?

blood donations are still really needed!

Donor centres are still open


have been experiencing extra challenges 

to provide much needed 

blood, plasma and platelets

to patients

You can read more about the latest Coronavirus information here

Some key takeaways from the NHS Give Blood advice

Before booking a blood donation appointment

Check here if you can donate in the UK.
(Other countries will have different blood donation restrictions)
  • Based on your recent travels
  • If you have had COVID-19
  • The COVID vaccine
  • Have any medical conditions
  • Take any medications
  • Or any other reason that you just are not sure about.
Check where your closest blood donation centre is.
If you cannot donate blood right now,
consider setting a reminder for yourself
on your phone, calendar or planner
for when you can donate blood.

How to book a blood donation appointment (UK)

Create an account on the NHS Give Blood website here. 
If you already have an account you can just log in.
You can download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search ‘NHSGiveBlood’

Before your blood donation

  • Eat regular meals
  • Drink plenty of fluid (Non-alcoholic)
  • Avoid vigorous exercise
  • Fill in your health check form if you receive one

What to expect during your blood donation

  • Bring your health check form if you receive one.
  • Check-in at the counter
  • Read the “Welcome Booklet”
  • Sufficient information is provided but ask any questions that you may have
  • You will be provided 500ml of fluid to drink
  • and maybe a packet of crisps
Health Screening
  • Private interview
  • You will be asked confidential questions
  • Ensures your blood is safe to transfuse to patients
  • You need enough iron in your blood
  • Confirmatory test

The blood donation

  • Once sat, you will be asked for basic information
  • All collection equipment is single-use and sterile
  • A blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm
  • The donation location will be cleaned with an antiseptic sponge
  • You will be advised to do applied muscle tension exercises
  • You should be comfortable during the donation
  • A full donation is 470ml and will take between 5 to 10 minutes
  • Leave pressure roll on for 30 minutes and the plaster dressing for 6 hours

After your blood donation

Enjoy free SNACKS!!!

& a cup of tea

Have a rest and a chat for a little while before leaving just to make sure that you do not feel faint.

  • A selection of drinks and snacks will be available

  • You are encouraged to relax for at least 15 minutes

  • You are encouraged to have at least 2 drinks

  • If you feel unwell, alert a member of staff immediately

  • If you become unwell at home within 2 weeks call 0300 123 23 23

  • Don’t have a bath on the day of the donation