NHS Blood - Give Blood England and Wales

How to prepare yourself to Give Blood

Preparing Yourself to Give Blood


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.

Keep well hydrated

Keep well hydrated always important for donating blood, and while we do urgently want donors, please don't rush and wear cool loose clothing. It's better if you can be cool and relaxed for your donation

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