What is blood donation?

Donating blood provides a lifeline to those who are in desperate need due to a long term health issue or emergency. Each time you donate blood, the donation can help save or improve the lives of three adults or seven babies.

Blood has many components which are vital for different uses, including red cells, plasma and platelets. Red cells are used predominantly in treatments for cancer and blood diseases. Plasma provides proteins, nutrients and a clotting agent that is vital to stop bleeding. Platelets are tiny cells used to help patients at a high risk of bleeding. They also contribute to the repair of damaged body tissue.


How do I donate blood?

First, you’ll need to register as a blood donor with NHS Blood & Transplant. Next, you’ll receive a list of every blood donation session that’s in your area. Just choose your session, book an appointment and go to give blood.

You can donate 470ml of blood three times a year if you’re female, and four times a year if you are male.

Please call NHS Blood & Transplant on +44 (0) 300 123 23 23 to book your appointment. Please QUOTE Code R20 when booking your appointment.

Alternatively you can register online.



What happens when I give blood?

Each blood donation takes approximately 5-10 minutes. The rest of time is NHS Blood & Transplant staff taking extra special care of you. Have something to eat before you donate and drink plenty of fluids before and after donation – this will stop you feeling faint.


Not eligible?

Don’t worry. There are lots of ways you can get involved with our lifesaving work besides this, such as donating stem cells, getting involved with fundraising or setting up a regular financial donation.