News and statements
Blood donor selection policy: More people now able to give blood
Following the FAIR steering group’s recommendations and in line with the latest scientific evidence, blood donation will become more inclusive. More people could be eligible to donate blood based on their health, travel and sexual behaviour.
UK to change eligibility to give blood on World Blood Donor Day with launch of new donor safety assessment
Some of the questions that blood, plasma and platelet donors are asked to check their eligibility to donate will change from June 14 2021, marking an historic move to make blood donation more inclusive without affecting safety.
STRIDES study reaches million-donor milestone
The NHSBT blood donor management research project, STRIDES, now has more than one million donors taking part in the main cluster randomised trial, just 18 months after its launch.
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.
Donations of plasma for use in medicines begin
People have started donating plasma to use in medicines for the first time in more than 20 years.
Church leaders back NHS campaign for more Black blood and organ donors this Easter
Black Christian church leaders are joining with NHS Blood and Transplant this Easter to urge more Black people to become blood and organ donors and give hope to patients in need of an ethnically matched donor.
NHS and Tropical Sun aim to start family ‘Heart to Heart’ about blood and organ donation
People across the country are being encouraged to have a ‘heart to heart’ as part of a new campaign to get people from Black and Asian backgrounds talking about blood and organ donation.
Funding boost to promote blood and organ donation amongst Black and Asian communities
35 community projects in England have received a share of £600,000 funding as part of the Government’s commitment to tackle health inequalities in Black and Asian communities.
UK plasma ban lifted
NHSBT welcomes the decision by Ministers to lift the ban on UK plasma for fractionation following a review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM).
New Blood Donor Centre opens in London
First-time and regular blood donors are being urged to make appointments at the new Blood Donor centre at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush Shopping Centre in London.