First time donor: get the facts

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
  • 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!)

    Once registered NHS Blood and Transplant will send you a letter with all the information you need to donate

  • 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
  • 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
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