How to donate plasma
Donating plasma takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. This includes some checks before you donate and having a drink and snack after you donate.
Watch Albert, a regular donor at Stratford donor centre, explain what happens when you donate.
Before you donate
When you arrive, we’ll check if you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and you’ll fill in a health questionnaire.
We will review your health questionnaire and check your veins, iron level and pulse.
If there's any reason why you can't donate, we'll explain why and let you know if and when you can donate in the future.
While you donate
It takes about 40 minutes to donate one bag (560ml) of plasma.
Your blood is collected out of the vein of one arm. A machine separates plasma from red blood cells.
Plasma is collected in a bag and red blood cells are returned to your vein using the same needle.
After you donate
There's time to rest, have a drink and snack, and book your next appointment.