These are the main eligibility criteria for becoming a donor:
- 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
- Bring photographic ID with you to confirm you identity and age on each appointment
(must be original document, photocopies or scans cannot be accepted)
- Have a UK bank account
- Be able to give informed consent and fully understand the medical questionnaire on every appointment
Failing any of the eligibility requirements will mean that the donation cannot take place, and we will not reimburse donors in these circumstances.
You cannot donate if:
- You have been now or previously diagnosed with AIDS/HIV, Syphilis, 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/applied any prescription or over-the-counter medications or medicated creams i.e. paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics, antihistamines steroidal-based creams, within 7 days of your appointment. Contraceptive medications are the exception.
If you wish to discuss anything you may have taken, please feel free to call our office.
- If you have had any vaccination in the past 7 days
- 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
You can find more information in our FAQ.
If you are able to donate, you can read about and apply for registration.