Who can donate plasma

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Check whether you meet the basic plasma donation criteria.

Become a plasma donor

Register to donate by completing the form.

Register

Or call us on 0300 123 23 23


Who can donate plasma

To donate plasma you will need to: 

  • be generally fit and well
  • be between the ages of 17 and 66
  • have enough blood to donate safely. Check how much blood you have
  • have suitable veins and a normal pulse (we will check these before you donate)
  • be able to spare 1 hour 15 minutes to donate
  • be able to travel to a plasma donor centre
  • meet all donor eligibility criteria (we'll discuss this with you before you donate)

Check how much blood you have

You need to have enough blood to donate plasma safely.

Use this tool to check if you have enough blood to donate.

This calculation uses your gender, height and weight but is different to BMI (body mass index).

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A donor talks to a donor carer while he donates

Who might have to wait to donate plasma

There are some health, travel and lifestyle reasons that may stop you from being able to donate plasma on a temporary basis.

If you are not sure if you can donate, please call us on 0300 123 23 23 to discuss your situation. 

Other reasons why you might need to wait

You will need to wait before you can donate if you:

  • are pregnant
  • have had a baby in the last 6 months
  • have recently got a tattoo or piercing
  • travel to and from certain countries outside the UK
  • are undergoing assessment or investigations for a medical condition. For example, heart conditions

Who can't donate plasma

You can't donate plasma if you:

  • have had most types of cancer
  • have some heart conditions
  • have received blood, platelets, plasma or any other blood products after 1 January 1980
  • have tested positive for HIV or HTLV
  • have had an organ transplant
  • are a hepatitis B carrier
  • are a hepatitis C carrier
  • have injected non-prescribed drugs including body-building and injectable tanning agents

There are other medical conditions that may mean you can't donate. Please call us on 0300 123 23 23 to check if you can donate.