Find out if you're ok to donate
If you've got a high temperature, runny nose, cough or other signs of infection please check how long you must wait before donating.
We need you to keep donating blood, plasma and platelets during this pandemic. Donor centres are still open despite coronavirus restrictions.
To make donating as safe as possible for everyone we have made a few changes to giving blood. Please read the following information before coming to donate:
Check you are ok to attend a session – read coronavirus health rules for donors
Travelling to donate - donation is still allowed despite coronavirus restrictions
Keep your appointment - please reschedule it if you can't come by calling us on 0300 123 23 23
Wear a fabric face covering - this must cover your mouth and nose - get more information about face masks
Attend alone - as part of latest safety changes please come on your own if you can
Arrive on time - please arrive at your appointment time (not earlier). To help social distancing we may ask you to wait outside for a short while before coming in
Yes. Giving blood and platelets has continued throughout the pandemic. Please take sensible precautions when travelling and be assured that we will look after you when you arrive.
At the moment we particularly need:
You should confirm your situation before coming to donate.
Yes. We have introduced several changes to give donors confidence about hygiene and social distancing.
Yes. You will need to wear a fabric face covering when you give blood. This does not have to be a surgical mask but should cover your nose and mouth. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exemptions to this rule. If you can't wear a face covering, please wait to donate when this restriction is no longer necessary.
Our decision to ask all donors to wear face coverings is based on the latest Government guidance.
Keeping our centres open and getting the right balance of blood types is currently more difficult than usual. If we cancel your appointment, please accept our apologies. We only do this when absolutely necessary and we still really need you to try to book again further into the future.
More about closed sessions and cancelled appointments.
No, we do not routinely test for coronavirus because there is no evidence it is transmitted through blood donation.
Read about the tests we do on every blood donation.
Yes. You can continue to donate if you are well and have given a full donation in the last two years. There is no longer a restriction because of government guidelines.
We urgently need people who have had coronavirus, or the symptoms of it, to donate plasma to help patients in need.
Your plasma donation could save lives. Donation is safe and easy and your body quickly replaces the donated plasma and antibodies.
We especially want to hear from men, as they have higher antibody levels.
You cannot donate plasma at a normal blood donation appointment. If accepted, we will book you a special plasma appointment.
Find out more about who can donate convalescent plasma.
Could you donate plasma to help people recover from COVID-19?
We always need new donors to join the community and help ensure people get the blood they need both now and in the future.
If you can't get an appointment straight away, your help will still be needed in the future. We'll get in touch when there's space to donate.
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