The venue search above will show you all blood donation sessions in your area. When you have decided where you would like to donate, we recommend you book an appointment.
We do understand that some people just like to turn up, so you are of course welcome at our venues without an appointment. Please bear in mind we will need to schedule you around our donors who have pre-booked, but we will aim to see you as quickly as possible.
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If you've never given blood before you'll probably wonder what our Blood Donation Sessions are and what happens there. They can take place at regular intervals at your local community centre, church, sports club or even daily at one of our 24 permanent sites across England & North Wales. At all of our Blood Donation Sessions you will see our highly skilled blood collection team including an NHS registered nurse, who will all take great care of you.
You can book an appointment to attend by calling our Helpline on 0300 123 23 23 or book online You can also just walk in without an appointment, but unfortunately we can’t guarantee how long your wait will be. Be prepared to be there for about an hour in total, especially if it’s your first time as you’ll get a bit more care and attention.
You’ll be welcomed in and asked to complete a few simple questions about your medical history and lifestyle to make sure it is safe for you to donate and safe for a recipient to receive your blood. If anything is of question to you or our team, the nurse will be on hand to talk to you further, all in the strictest confidence. From there you’ll have your iron levels tested by a simple finger prick test; this is to make sure you have enough iron in your blood to donate. You'll then be called to a donation bed where you’ll sit back and relax to give your donation using new, sterile, high tech equipment.
In a short period of time after donation you'll have yourself a drink and a biscuit safe in the knowledge you have just helped to save or improve someone’s life.
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