News and statements

29 May 2020

Collaborative report into evidence on gay and bisexual men and blood donation still due in 2020

The FAIR steering group exploring whether some gay and bisexual men might be able to donate blood without a deferral is still hoping to report its’ findings before the end of 2020.

26 May 2020

Convalescent plasma donor with highest coronavirus antibodies backs call for more donors from three key groups

Initial tests have indicated three key groups of people who have the plasma most likely to potentially save lives.

18 May 2020

More than 1,000 units of convalescent plasma now collected for COVID-19 patients

NHS Blood and Transplant has banked more than 1,000 units of convalescent plasma for potential transfusion into people with COVID-19.

07 May 2020

First COVID-19 patients receiving convalescent plasma transfusions

Convalescent plasma is now being supplied to hospitals by NHSBT and the first transfusions have taken place.

06 May 2020

Coronavirus trial: People across England start donating plasma

People who have recovered from coronavirus have started donating plasma to help others.

25 April 2020

Major COVID-19 convalescent plasma programme announced

NHS Blood and Transplant is now leading a major new programme, on behalf of the Government, to collect convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19

23 March 2020

Extra safety measures after coronavirus uncertainty causes drop in donations

Please keep giving blood as normal after a drop in donations.

18 March 2020

A special message to donors

Area matron, Penny, sends a special request to donors during the coronavirus pandemic: "Please donate when you can - hospitals and patients are relying on you".

12 March 2020

A lifesaving Mother's Day

Children design Mother's Day cards to encourage blood donation.

10 March 2020

Mike’s emotional donation day in memory of his 12-year-old son Oliver

Mike Brown has organised an emotional blood donation event to mark what would have been his son Oliver’s 12th birthday.