NHS Blood - Give Blood England and Wales

Who can give blood?

Most people can give blood. If you are generally in good health, age 17 to 65 (if it's your first time) and weigh at least 50kg (7st 12Ib) you can donate. 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.

Estimated blood volume for female donors aged 17-20:

Estimate

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.

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.

Why give blood

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Learn about the life-saving treatments made possible through blood donations, and the reasons we value every blood type.

Why give blood

Can you give blood?

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Find out about health conditions, medications, professions and travel information that could affect your ability to give blood

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Not everyone can
give blood

Not everybody can give blood

Most people can give blood but there may be reasons why you are not eligible.

Find out why here

Preparing to
donate blood

NHS Blood Nurses

For most people it's a simple as turning up, but we've prepared a checklist for your session.

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Nisa Karia

“Dedication is a selfless devotion”

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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Did you know?

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
Greater London

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

Another fact

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