Donation attendance information

Thank you for agreeing to become a blood donor at Research Donors. We collect blood samples which are used by researchers to develop new medical treatments for serious diseases and your donation may help make a difference.

Please read this information carefully and follow the instructions given so that you are able to make a donation when you visit. You can download a PDF version.

Please note:
Not providing the required information, not giving consent, or failing any of the eligibility tests will mean that the donation cannot take place, and we will not reimburse donors in these circumstances.

Donation checklist

What to bring:

Proof of your identity is required. We can accept include passport, birth certificate, driving licence, EEA state identity card, and similar documents. You must bring original documents, photocopies or scans cannot be accepted. If in doubt, please ask us ahead of appointment time.

A UK bank account – bring a bank statement or bank card which shows Bank Name, Account Number, Sort Code and Account Holder Name. The bank account must be in your name, we cannot make payments into accounts held by friends or relatives.

Your GP details – you must be registered with a General Practitioner, who is registered in the UK.

You must attend on time or we may not be able to take a donation and would not be able to reimburse you.

Although we do not discourage you from bringing children with you to your donation appointment, a second responsible adult must accompany you during your visit to supervise the child.

In line with government advise you must wear a mask or face covering when attending the clinic. If you do not have an item of face covering, masks are provided on check-in.

To become a donor, you must:

  • Be between 18 and 60 years of age
  • Weigh more than 50 kg and have normal blood pressure and heart rate
  • Be a resident of the UK
  • Be registered with a General Practitioner (GP) who is registered in the UK
  • Be able to provide photographic ID to confirm you identity and age
  • Have a UK bank account
  • Be able to give informed consent and fully understand the medical questionnaire on every appointment

You cannot donate if:

  • You have been diagnosed with AIDS/HIV, Hepatitis B or C or any other blood borne infectious disease
  • You have any medical problems like asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, anaemia or any condition associated with excessive blood loss
  • You are a drug user who has taken recreational drugs/drugs of abuse at any time in the previous 6 weeks
  • You have consumed alcohol in the 24 hours before your appointment
  • You have taken any prescription or over-the-counter medications (except contraceptives) or medicated creams, including paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics, antihistamines and steroidal-based creams, within 7 days of your appointment.
    If you wish to discuss anything you may have taken, please feel free to call our office.
  • You have donated blood anywhere else within the previous 4 months
  • You are pregnant or less than 6 months has passed since delivery or termination
  • You have had any tattoos or body piercings in the last 4 months

Location and getting here

We are located at Unit C14 Poplar Business Park, 10 Prestons Road, London, E14 9RL which is just off Poplar High Street. Our phone number is 0207 870 3742.

Research Donors - street map


The nearest DLR station is at Blackwall. When exiting come down the stairs from the station, and walk past Blackwall Reach tower onto Poplar High Street. Cross Preston’s Road and Poplar Business Park is down a small side road to the left of the Tesco Express.

Research Donors - train map


The following buses all stop at Poplar High Street/Blackwall:

  • Route 15 Trafalgar Square
  • D6 Crossharbour
  • D7 Poplar/All Saints
  • D8 Crossharbour

When you arrive at the building please use the intercom to call us and we will let you in the building. We are on the first floor.

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The donation process

The whole collection process should take no more than 1 hour if you arrive on time for your appointment.

At every appointment you must bring in the items in the ‘What to bring’ section, such as proof of identity.

We will ask you to fill in some forms explaining the process and asking for your consent to proceed.

We will run some tests to make sure you meet our eligibility requirements, which will take place in a private consultation room. Due to the nature of some of the questions we may ask and to ensure donor confidentiality, we do not allow others in for this part of the consultation. If you pass these we will then take your blood donation.

When this is complete we will ask you to stay for a drink and a snack for 15 minutes to make sure you are well.


If your appointment was made with an agency, they are responsible for making payments. They will pay you the fee that you have agreed with them at the time and in the manner they have agreed with you in advance.

Payment is made by us directly into your bank account and you will receive this 1-3 days after your appointment.

Please note:
Not providing the required information, not giving consent, or failing any of the eligibility tests will mean that the donation cannot take place, and we will not reimburse donors in these circumstances.

If you have any questions we will be happy to help. Please contact us on 0207 870 3742 or by email at

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