Eligibility requirements

These are the main eligibility criteria for becoming 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
  • 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 your informed consent, independently without the use of an interpreter and fully understand the medical questionnaire on every appointment

Please note:
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.

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