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)
- Be able to prove your identity when attending each 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 have used recreational drugs/drugs of abuse within 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 i.e. paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics, antihistamines and topical ointments, within 1 week of the appointment. Contraceptive medications are the exception.
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 have recently given birth
- You have had any tattoos or body piercings in the last 4 months
All information provided to us is kept in strict confidentiality, and never shared with anyone else.