News and statements

18 December 2020

Mum urges blood donors to give blood over Christmas

The mum of a little boy who will need a lifesaving blood transfusion just days before Christmas is backing an NHS call for donors to make and keep an appointment to give blood over the festive period.

17 December 2020

STRIDES study to improve blood donation

We are working in partnership with the University of Cambridge to conduct a world-leading study aiming to improve the experiences of blood donors in England.

14 December 2020

Steering group concludes on a safe way for more men who have sex with men to give blood

Recommendations from the FAIR (For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) steering group, to enable a more individualised way of assessing safe blood donations, have today been accepted in full by the Department of Health and Social Care.

10 November 2020

Blood, plasma and platelet donors urged to stick to appointments to help NHS as first full week of second lockdown begins

Blood, plasma and platelet donors in England are being urged to stick to their appointment over the next month.

05 November 2020

First person to donate plasma after receiving plasma for COVID

A COVID survivor has become the first person in England to receive convalescent plasma treatment and then donate convalescent plasma himself.

30 October 2020

Funding to address shortage of blood donors among Black, Asian, mixed heritage and minority ethnic communities

New funding totalling £600,000 has been announced as part of the Government’s commitment to tackle health inequalities.

07 October 2020

First person to hit 10 donations of blood plasma for COVID treatment

A former fighter has become the first person to donate 10 times into NHS Blood and Transplant’s convalescent plasma programme.

07 October 2020

Mum of one of the youngest sickle cell patients to rely on donated blood makes appeal for more black donors

Children like 17-month-old Suki urgently need better matched blood to give them the best possible start in life

30 September 2020

Donor appeal after September sees highest COVID convalescent plasma use

NHS Blood and Transplant is repeating its urgent call for COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors as new figures show plasma transfusions reached a high during September.

28 September 2020

Men who’ve had coronavirus symptoms urged to donate plasma due to shortage of male donors

NHS Blood and Transplant urgently needs men who’ve had coronavirus or the symptoms to volunteer to donate blood plasma.