Many people intend to give blood but it’s one of those things they never get around to and don’t know enough about. Here are the basics to start you on your blood donation journey.
Who can give blood:
- If you are aged between 17 and 65, weigh over 7 stone 12lbs and are in generally good health, you can most likely donate
- Women under 20 who weigh less than 10st 3lbs will have their blood volume measured before donating
- There are also certain criteria that mean you might not be eligable to donate your blood – such as if you’ve had certain illnesses, if you’ve had a tattoo in the last four months or if you’ve ever injected drugs
- If you’re a whole blood donor, you can donate every 16 weeks – which is three times a year
Before you go:
- Your first step to becoming a donor is to register online or over the phone. This is really easy – watch our video to find out more (coming soon!)
- You will then be sent an information pack through the post, telling you where your nearest center is
- To book an appointment either go online or call the helpline
When you’re there:
- When you arrive you’ll be given information and be asked to fill in a questionnaire
- The questionnaire is called a Donor Health Check (DHC) and just checks that you’re eligible to donate – all information is confidential and you can have a chat with a nurse too
- Your haemoglobin levels are tested by taking a tiny drop of blood from your fingertip – this just checks that you have enough iron in your blood
- Then you are all set to donate!
- Once you’ve had a short rest, a drink and a biscuit you can go on your way