Find out more about switching to platelets
Your blood type is determined by genes inherited from your parents.
Whether your blood type is rare, common or somewhere in between, your donations are vital in helping save and improve lives.
1 in 13 donors is A negative
Around 8% of donors have A negative blood.
In comparison, 30% of donors have A positive blood.
A negative and O negative
People with A negative blood can receive donations from:
Anyone can receive A negative platelets
A negative red blood cells can be used to treat around 40% of the population.
However, A negative platelets are particularly important because they can be given to people from all blood groups. That’s why A negative platelets are called the ‘universal platelet type’.