Eat regular meals to help you avoid feeling lightheaded.
A good night's sleep will boost wellbeing.
Drink plenty of fluids 24 hours before donating, but avoid alcohol.
Put on loose and comfortable clothing, avoid tight sleeves.
Nervousness is normal, come with a friend or bring along a book or MP3 player so you can relax during your visit.
Knowing your medical, body piercing and travel history will save you time.
Should you undertake any exercise as part of your normal routine, it is advisable to avoid strenuous activity or exercise which is not usual for you before (and after) donating blood. Also ensure you are fully recovered and well hydrated before you donate blood.
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