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Can I Donate?

Can anyone donate platelets?

  • You can become a platelet donor if you are generally in good health
  • Aged 17 to 65 (if you have not donated before)
  • If you are over 65 and have given blood before
  • Or if you are over 70 you must have given a full donation in the last 2 years

You do not have to have given blood before - you need to give a small sample of blood to determine if you have a high enough platelet count . Your sample is assessed which takes about 8 weeks, during which time we can determine your blood group. We will also need to know your gender, height and weight to see if you have a large enough blood volume to give 2 transfusions of platelets. Currently we are looking to boost our recruitment of A negative group donors as their donations can be given to patients with blood groups other than their own.

We look forward to welcoming you as a donor, whether is it giving platelets or whole blood - both of which help to save lives.

So, what's the next step?

Hopefully, this website has explained the urgent need for platelets, as well as the issues we face about the location and eligibility of people who can donate. If you think platelet donation is for you, please give us a call, and we'll answer any questions you have. We'll take your details, and the next step will be for your local centre's Platelet Donor Manager to contact you and arrange a visit to see if platelet donation is for you.

We would like to emphasise again: both whole blood donors and platelet donors are equally valued and needed. If you do find that platelet donation is not for you, we very much hope you will continue to donate whole blood.

Medication and platelet donation

Will medication affect my platelet donation?

You cannot donate platelets if you have taken aspirin, aspirin-containing medications or piroxicam in the last 5 days or if nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen, have been taken in the last 48 hours.

Should I stop taking medication so I can donate platelets?

We recommend you consult your GP before stopping or starting any medication.