Giving blood for the first time

Find out the next steps to become a blood donor. 

Tens of thousands of people are doing something amazing by signing up to join our growing community of blood donors - ready to save lives when the NHS needs them.

Just 1 hour of your time can help save up to 3 lives.

Getting started

As a new donor, we know you're eager to give blood and save lives straight away.

If you can’t find a blood donation appointment immediately, don't worry. We'll still need your help in the future so please search several months ahead.

To get started, you'll need to register your details. We will ask you to:

  • answer some basic questions to check you're able to start the registration process
  • register and validate your email address so we can contact you about your appointment
  • complete your personal details to set up your account

Once you have registered, log in to book an appointment at a time and venue that suits you.

Become a blood donor

Sign up

Making your first donation

Step 1

When you arrive at your appointment, complete a health check questionnaire and drink 500ml of water.

Donor checks in at reception
Step 2

Have a private health screening with a friendly member of the team.

Donor and nurse during private health screening
Step 3

Take a seat and give blood for 5-10 minutes.

Donor giving blood
Step 4

Enjoy a free drink and snack while you rest for 15 minutes.

Donor resting with a drink and snack after donating
Step 5

You're all done. Your donation will help save up to three lives.

Donor using selfie board after giving blood

Useful information if you have never given blood before