News and statements

23 March 2021

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.

11 March 2021

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.

25 February 2021

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).

23 February 2021

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.

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.