News and statements

20 September 2021

Coronavirus: latest advice

We’re asking blood donors to keep donating as normal unless you have been in contact with, or are currently infected by, the virus. Please read the latest advice before attending.

07 September 2021

Schools are now teaching young people how to donate and save lives

All secondary school children in England are now being taught how to save lives through donation.

02 September 2021

NHS urges donors to switch from giving blood to platelets for Childhood Cancer Awareness month

A new campaign by NHS Blood and Transplant throughout September aims to raise awareness of the importance of platelet donation in lifesaving cancer care.

25 August 2021

NHS Blood and Transplant proud to support appeal for more Black blood donors in Memory of Richard Okorogheye

Bonded by Blood nationwide blood donation campaign launches in memory of 19-year-old sickle cell patient Richard Okorogheye

20 August 2021

New and modern blood donation centre opens in Liverpool

The Liverpool blood donor centre has moved to its new permanent location.

17 August 2021

Around 1 million blood donations a year to be used to make lifesaving plasma medicine

England’s 770,000 blood donors will begin saving lives in an extra way.

10 August 2021

Comedian Hal Cruttenden shows his support for plasma donation  

Hal donated at Stratford plasma donor centre in London and is also encouraging people to come forward and donate plasma too.

29 July 2021

Free Guy film stars urge ‘great guys’ to give blood as NHS teams up with Twentieth Century Studios to promote donation

Hollywood A-Listers Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer are calling on film fans in England to be great guys by registering to give blood.

28 July 2021

Critical call for Black people to donate blood as 16,000 new donors urgently needed

The sister of a teenager with sickle cell has overcome her fear of needles and donated blood for the first time to help others like her brother who lives with the devastating impact of the blood disorder.

14 June 2021

Landmark change to blood donation eligibility rules on today’s World Blood Donor Day

New eligibility rules that will allow more men who have sex with men to donate blood, platelets and plasma come into effect this week.