News and statements

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.

21 September 2020

People with sickle cell are encouraging more black people to donate

To mark Sickle Cell Awareness Month sickle cell patients across London have filmed emotional messages to encourage people of black heritage become regular blood donors.

16 September 2020

Facebook teams up with NHS blood service providers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland

New blood donation feature on Facebook will allow people to receive updates on Facebook about giving blood, get notified about opportunities to donate at nearby donor centres and invite friends to donate

07 September 2020

Shortage of men who’ve had coronavirus offering to donate convalescent plasma

The NHS is urgently appealing for more men who’ve had coronavirus to donate blood plasma as new statistics show far more women are offering to donate, despite men making better donors.

26 August 2020

Man with highest COVID antibody test score for plasma donation backs donor appeal

A record holding COVID convalescent plasma donor is urging more men to donate.

21 August 2020

Urgent request for Asian people who’ve had COVID to donate plasma

The NHS is now urgently asking Asian people who have had coronavirus to offer to donate convalescent plasma.

06 August 2020

Hospitalised COVID survivors make most antibodies and make best plasma donors, data shows

New data shows people who were hospitalised by COVID-19 produce the most antibodies, making them priority plasma donors.