Most people can give blood. As long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating. However, If you are female, aged under 20 years old and weigh under 65kg (10st 3lb) and are under 168cm (5' 6") in height, we need to estimate your blood volume before donating.
Good news, your estimated blood volume is more than 3500ml, meaning you are able to give blood.
Sorry, your estimate blood volume is less than 3500ml, unfortunately you are unable to donate until after your 20th birthday.
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There is no medical reason for an upper weight limit. However, our current donation beds and chairs are designed to safely accommodate a person weighing up to 25 stone (350 lb or 158 kg). You will need to be able to get on and off the donation bed or chair unaided or, if you have mobility problems, to bring someone along to assist you.
If you are unsure please feel free to call our 24 hour donor helpline on 0300 123 23 23.
Male donors can give blood every 12 weeks. That's approximately every 3 months or 4 times in a 12 month period. Female donors can give every 16 weeks or approximately every 4 months.
Learn about the life-saving treatments made possible through blood donations, and the reasons we value every blood type.
Find out about health conditions, medications, professions and travel information that could affect your ability to give blood
There are many reasons why people are unable to donate on the day, here are the top 8 reasons.
For most people it's a simple as turning up, but we've prepared a checklist for your session.
Nis Karia, was diagnosed with thalassaemia major when she was just 5 months old. This rare blood disorder means that she cannot produce normal haemoglobin for her red blood cells and so she relies on donated blood to survive.
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Over 25% of us require blood at least once in our lifetime...
Only 4% of adults are currently donors...
Each blood donation can help as many as 3 people
100 donations equates to
47 litres of blood
Over 8000 units of blood are collected at golf clubs each year
We collect around 1,900,000 blood donations each year
B- Blood is rare
Only 2% of the population are B-
Only 9% of donors live in
25,000 donations in one day is the world record - held in Mumbai in 2010
8% of donors are donating for the first time
We collect 10% more blood on World Blood Day than any other day in June
January is our busiest month for donors honouring new year's resolutions
There are many ways we can help you: