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.
Staying well hydrated is really important when donating blood. We value your donation and want you to stay healthy so that you come back and donate again. It's best to wear something comfortable when donating so that you remain relaxed.
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Born prematurely, Sidney was just five days old when he developed a potentially life-changing blood infection.