Save a life. Give plasma


We need your plasma to make life-saving medicines.

Plasma saves and transforms the lives of around 17,000 adults and children each year. They have weak immune systems, cancer, and other diseases.

Plasma is part of your blood, and the antibodies within it are used to make life-saving medicines that thousands of adults and children in the UK rely on.

Over 50 different conditions are treated with medicines made from plasma, and the need for plasma medicines is growing every year.

Who can donate plasma?

You need to be aged between 17 and 66 to donate plasma.

Men are generally more likely to be able to donate as you need to be a certain height and weight, but we would love to hear from anyone interested in donating.

Vein size is also important and your veins will be assessed before donating.

There are 14 donor centres across England.

Become a plasma donor

We need you to donate plasma.

Call 0300 123 23 23 

Who plasma helps

Finlay and Darcie had plasma medicines as babies

Finlay and Darcie as babies in incubators and now with their arms round each otherNicola Hallam’s two children, Finlay and Darcie, had two lifesaving antibody medicines because the antibodies in her blood were destroying their blood.  

Both the children were born with severe haemolytic disease of the newborn due to rhesus incompatibility. The antibodies in Nicola's blood were passing through her placenta and destroying her children's red blood cells. 

Nicola said, "Immunoglobulin medicine made from donated blood plasma saved their lives. I am so grateful to the people who donate."

 

Plasma medicines helped Laraib get her life back

Laraib has myasthenia gravis, a rare condition that causes muscle weakness.

Her symptoms meant she couldn’t speak, eat or drink. She was unable to climb up a flight of stairs or walk for more than 10 minutes without being severely out of breath. Medicines made from plasma help keep her symptoms under control.

Laraib said, "I was choking and struggling to breathe. I am beyond grateful to those who have donated plasma for the medicine I received. It has given me my life back."

How you donate

Plasma donation is safe and easy. It’s similar to donating blood and takes about 45 minutes. You should expect to be at the donor centre for around 1 hour 15 minutes in total.

Plasma is collected through a process of apheresis. Your blood will be drawn into an apheresis machine where it is spun and the component parts separated. Plasma is collected in a bag ready for processing, while the remaining red blood cells are returned back to you.

Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout your donation and donor carers will be there to support you at all times.

While donating you can sit back and relax knowing you are helping to save lives.

You can donate plasma in:

  • Barnsley
    Unit D Capitol Park, Capitol Way, Dodworth, Barnsley, S75 3FG
  • Birmingham
    65 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4DU
  • Bolton
    120 Bark Street, Bolton, BL1 2AX
  • Bristol
    Southmead Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5LX
  • Chelmsford
    Victoria House, 101-105 Victoria Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JR
  • Coventry
    Ricoh Arena, Judds Lane, Longford, Coventry, CV6 6AQ
  • Croydon
    52-53 Centrale Shopping Centre, 21 N End, Croydon, CR0 1TY
  • Manchester
    Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LL
  • Reading
    Kennett Place, 121 King’s Road, Reading, RG1 3ES
  • Stockton
    5 Dunedin House, Columbia Drive, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BJ
  • Stratford in London
    Lower ground floor, Westfield, Stratford City, E20 1EJ
  • Tottenham
    La Royale, 819 High Road, London, N17 8ER
  • Twickenham
    Floor 8, Regal House , 70 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3QS
  • Wolverhampton
    Carillion House, 84 Salop Street, Wolverhampton, WV3 0SR

Albert holds a bag of his plasmaAlbert Mensah, 18, donates at the Stratford donor centre in London.

He said, "I donate plasma because I want to invest in other people’s lives, to give people more time with their loved ones.

"If I needed it in the future, I hope someone would do the same for me.

"As a medical student, I have seen just how crucial medicines made from plasma are, they really make a difference in someone’s life."

Become a plasma donor

We need you to donate plasma.

Call 0300 123 23 23 

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