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Terms and conditions

Blood Donor Register

By joining the Blood Donor Register you are agreeing to be contacted by NHSBT for information on how to become a blood donor.

NHSBT or its agents may contact you by letter, phone, text message or email with information relating to opportunities to donate as well as follow-up communications once you book an appointment to donate.

We do our best to contact you in the way you prefer about the subjects you prefer. If you want us to change the way we contact you, please let us know by contacting our helpline on 0300 123 23 23, or by completing our contact us form 

Blood Donor Digital Service

Last Update: May 2020

By registering with the Blood Donor Digital Service, you agree to the NHS Blood and Transplant’s general Terms of Use (including disclaimers), Privacy Policy , Cookie Usage , and the Terms and Conditions set out below:

We amend these terms of use from time to time, and the revised version will be effective when displayed here.

Terms of use

If you access any part of the Blood Donor Digital Service (the Service) via blood.co.uk and its subdomains or the NHSGiveBlood app, you agree:

  • To ensure that any details which you supply to us to register for such access are accurate and to update your profile promptly if any of the details which you have supplied to us about you change;
  • To keep any personal login name and any password confidential, and to be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from use of your password by any third party;
  • That we reserve the right to terminate your access to the Service should we consider that your use of the service is detrimental to the Service or to other users.
  • We shall use any personal information you submit to the Service and other information we hold about you in accordance with our Privacy Policy. In particular, we shall use the information (including sensitive personal information relating to your physical health) to provide you with a blood donor information service as described. By registering for the service through this form, you give your consent to such use of your personal information.

While we will use our reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information provided by the Service is accurate, the service (including records of blood stocks, your blood type and quantities of blood donated) is provided to support your own records and you should always check with an appropriately qualified health professional before donating blood. 

The Service

The Blood Donor Digital Service will allow you to undertake the following activities:

  • Find out where you can donate
  • Set and update your favourite locations to donate
  • Find locations to donate based on their proximity to your mobile device
  • Book an appointment
  • View, change or cancel appointments
  • Check your eligibility to donate
  • Update your personal details
  • View your recent donation history
  • View a digital version of your donor card via the NHSGiveBlood app
  • View notifications and messages

The service can be accessed by visiting blood.co.uk or by downloading the NHSGiveBlood app (Apple and Android versions available).

You can access the Service using the email address and password you provided when you registered. You can also access the Service via certain social platforms if you connect them in the My Account section of the Service.

From time to time, we may test new ideas or technologies as we strive to improve our services. This may result in the need to, for example, store data in new databases. We will always apply our policies and procedures to such changes and will list any activities below:

  • Join.blood.co.uk: A project that is testing how we can improve the support for registrants and meet the demand for specific blood types. The project will temporarily store personal data in a controlled database to support communication with registrants and managed securely by NHS Blood & Transplant. The project will also utilise new technology to protect the service from attacks e.g. reCAPTCHA.

Your information

When you register with the Service, you will be required to fill in mandatory fields indicated by an asterisk.

When you enrol as a blood donor, your personal details are entered on to our blood donor database. Your record will in time contain some or all of the following types of information:

Your personal details: name, address, date of birth, gender, telephone number(s), donor ID number, NHS number, ethnicity;

Attendance details: where you normally donate, your appointments and where and when you donated;

Donation details: including your blood group and the results from all the other tests we perform on your donations;

Correspondence: details of communications we have sent;

Location data: With your permission, the NHSGiveBlood app will use the location of the device you are using to suggest donation venues in your vicinity;

Other information: for example periods of unavailability because of travel or illness. Other information that may affect your eligibility to donate, or post-donation problems you have told us about.

How we use your information

We use this information:

  • to guide through the process of registering to become a donor
  • to work out when and where to invite you to donate;
  • to communicate with you via:
    - email
    - text message
    - notifications to your mobile device
    - inbox messages (accessed via our digital service)
    - phone call
    - post
  • to deliver information in relation to: 
    - when you are eligible to donate
    - forthcoming opportunities to donate in your area
    - confirming and preparing for donation appointments 
    - letting you know how we have used the blood you have donated
    - information about other donation matters
    - developments in our services
    - opportunities to volunteer for research projects
    - encouraging you to continue to donate.

We do our best to contact you in the way you prefer about the subjects you prefer. If you want us to change the way we contact you, please let us know by contacting our helpline on 0300 123 23 23, or by completing our contact us form

  • to ensure your safety, and that of patients who may receive your donations. If we find a problem with your health, we will let you know. If appropriate we will also tell your GP, after asking your permission to do so.
  • for clinical audit, to assess and improve our service. We routinely audit all aspects of the donation process, for example to check that the Donor Health Check forms are completed properly, and that interviews with our healthcare professionals are conducted in accordance with the guidelines. Results of audits are always presented with all donor identities removed.
  • for research, to improve our knowledge about the donor population. By looking at the sorts of people who become active donors, we can understand better how to meet their expectations of us, and identify opportunities for recruiting and retaining more donors. This is essential to help us to collect adequate supplies of all types of blood.
  • For management and administration, for example to help us to plan where and when to hold collection sessions.

Whenever personal identifiers are not needed for these tasks, if possible we remove them from the information we use.

All information about you and your blood donations is stored securely in our systems to ensure that we have a complete record of your donations. We also keep the Donor Health Check forms you complete every time you attend to donate. We are required by law (The Blood Safety and Quality Regulations 2005) to keep donor and donation information for a minimum of 30 years.

It is very important to us to keep your address and contact details up to date, so that we are able to stay in touch. To do this we may compare the details we hold with central NHS records or those of other organisations that offer approved services for checking and updating addresses.

As we are an NHS organisation, we may use people’s NHS numbers to help us ensure correct identification and to find and remove duplicate records on our systems.

Other than for keeping our own records up to date against central records, we do not allow any other organisation to access the donor base. 

We do not give or sell donor details to any third parties.

As part of the NHS our lawful basis to hold and process data is set out in articles 6(e) and 9(h) of current data protection legislation. In summary, it necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, which in the case of NHSBT is to enable the collection and processing of the donations required to produce blood products for NHS hospitals. For full details, visit the NHSBT Privacy Statement.

Communications that you cannot opt-out from receiving

There are currently three categories of communications that blood donors are not be able to withdraw consent from receiving:

1. Blood Donation Digital Service related communications

We will automatically receive an email when you undertake one of the following actions using the Digital Service: Email address validation / Registration confirmation / Appointment booking & amendment confirmation / Password reset / Username recovery.

If you do not want to receive Appointment booking & amendment confirmation communications, please call us to arrange your appointment on 0300 123 23 23

2. Appointment cancellations

In the event that we need to cancel an appointment that you have already booked, we will use the contact information you have provided to advise you accordingly. Depending on the information you have supplied, this communication may be delivered as either an email, SMS, Phone Call or Letter.

3. British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR) invitation

If you join the BBMR and are identified as a possible match with a patient, then NHSBT will contact you to ask if you would like to proceed, ask you to provide further blood samples for testing and potentially ask you to come into one of our specialist centres for an explanation of the procedures and to donate.

British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR)

If you are a blood donor and apply and are accepted to join the BBMR, the data NHSBT holds for you will be updated accordingly.

As a member of the BBMR you may receive communications relating to the Registry via email, post and SMS. If you do not want to receive these communications please call 0300 123 23 23 or email customer.services@nhsbt.nhs.uk.

If you are identified as the best possible match with a patient, then NHSBT will use any contact information you have provided as a blood donor to contact you to ask if you would like to proceed, ask you to provide further blood samples for testing and potentially ask you to come into one of our specialist centres for an explanation of the procedures and to donate. NHSBT may also look to obtain your contact details from the NHS Clinical Spine or from publically available sources such as the open electoral roll. If you choose to share the contact details of a secondary contact with us should we be unable to contact you, we would use these details; however, we would only contact this individual using the details you have given us, we would not update them from other sources. These communications are not subject to GDPR regulations.

You are free to unregister as a Bone Marrow Donor at any time, after which you will not receive any further communications relating to bone marrow donation. If you wish to unregister please call 0300 123 23 23 or email customer.services@nhsbt.nhs.uk.

Web site usage

We automatically track certain anonymous information about all our web site users based on what you do on the site. We use this information to analyse our users' demographics, interests, and behaviour on the site to understand and serve you better. We do not use this data to identify an individual.
For further information about the cookies we use visit our Cookie Information page.

Our responsibilities

We are committed to maintaining the security and confidentiality of your donor record. We actively implement security measures to ensure your information is safe, and audit these regularly. All our staff and anyone who receives information from us have a legal duty to keep information about you confidential.

We will not release your personal details to any third party without first seeking your consent, unless this is allowed for or required by law.

We are constantly working to ensure compliance with current data protection legislation.

Your rights

Data protection legislation gives you, the donor, various rights. The most important of these are as follows:

  • You have the right to a copy of information we hold about you.
  • You have the right to ask for your record to be amended if you believe that it is wrong.
  • You have the right to be forgotten. You can request to be removed from the Service if you have yet to make a donation or provided any medical information.

If you have any further questions about how we use your information, please contact our helpline 0300 123 23 23, or by completing our contact us form

How to access your records 

You can access the information we hold about you by writing to the Customer Services Team at the address given below. Please include as much information as possible to help us locate your records, including your full name, date of birth, email address and postal address, plus your Donor ID if you have it. It will also help us know if we are to look for recent records, or from how long ago. Please apply in writing rather than by email, so that we receive an original signature to compare against the records we hold.

Sometimes, we may have to ask for more details in order to identify you correctly and locate the information you are interested in. If you only want some of your record, rather than everything, then please tell us when you apply. Subject access is provided free of charge. You may choose whether to visit your nearest NHS Blood and Transplant centre to collect your records, or to have Royal Mail Special Delivery to your home address.

We will provide access to your records within 30 days of receipt of all necessary information, and fee if applicable.

Please make you request in writing to:

Subject Access Requests
BD Customer Services
NHS Blood and Transplant
Charcot Road
Colindale
London
NW9 5BG