You can register here (online) to donate blood

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 ACLT Code “BD R20” when booking your appointment.

You can register here to donate blood 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.

UPDATE NEWS – 14th June 2021

New eligibility rules that will allow more men who have sex with men to donate blood, platelets and plasma come into effect this week, marking an historic move to make blood donation more inclusive while keeping blood just as safe.

From Monday 14th June – World Blood Donor Day – the questions asked of everyone when they come to donate blood in England, Scotland and Wales will change. Donors will no longer be asked if they are a man who has had sex with another man, removing the element of assessment that is based on previous population-based risks.

Instead, any individual who attends to give blood regardless of gender, will be asked if they have had sex and, if so, about recent sexual behaviours. Anyone who has had the same sexual partner for the last three months will be eligible to donate.

The changes to the re-named Donation Safety Check form will affect blood, plasma and platelet donors. The process of giving blood will not change. CLICK HERE to read more.

If You Are 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.