Find out if you're ok to donate
If you've got a high temperature, runny nose, cough or other signs of infection please don't donate until you are well.
We need you to keep donating blood, plasma and platelets during this pandemic. Donation is still going ahead even in areas of local lockdown.
To make donating as safe as possible for everyone we have made a few changes to giving blood. Please read the following information before coming to donate:
Check you are ok to attend a session – read coronavirus health rules for donors
Local lockdowns - donation is still allowed even if your local area has increased restrictions
Keep your appointment - please reschedule it if you can't come by calling us on 0300 123 23 23
Wear a face covering - this doesn't have to be a surgical mask, but should be a fabric covering of your mouth and nose
Attend alone - in the interests of safety please come on your own if you can
Arrive on time - please arrive at your appointment time (not earlier) to help social distancing
Yes. Giving blood and platelets has continued throughout the pandemic. Please take sensible precautions when travelling and be assured that we will look after you when you arrive.
At the moment we particularly need:
You should confirm your situation before coming to donate.
Yes. We have introduced several changes to give donors confidence about hygiene and social distancing.
Yes. We ask everyone to wear a fabric face covering, not a plastic visor, when they donate. The face covering doesn't have to be a surgical mask but should cover your nose and mouth.
Keeping our centres open and getting the right balance of blood types is currently more difficult than usual. If we cancel your appointment, please accept our apologies. We only do this when absolutely necessary and we still really need you to try to book again further into the future.
More about closed sessions and cancelled appointments.
No, we do not routinely test for coronavirus because there is no evidence it is transmitted through blood donation.
Read about the tests we do on every blood donation.
Yes. You can continue to donate if you are well and have given a full donation in the last two years. There is no longer a restriction because of government guidelines.
We urgently need people who have had coronavirus, or the symptoms of it, to donate plasma to help patients in need.
Your plasma donation could save lives. Donation is safe and easy and your body quickly replaces the donated plasma and antibodies.
We especially want to hear from men, as they have higher antibody levels.
You cannot donate plasma at a normal blood donation appointment. If accepted, we will book you a special plasma appointment.
Find out more about who can donate convalescent plasma.
Could you donate plasma to help people recover from COVID-19?
We always need new donors to join the community and help ensure people get the blood they need both now and in the future.
If you can't get an appointment straight away, your help will still be needed in the future. We'll get in touch when there's space to donate.
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