Donating blood or platelets
The process of donating takes under an hour from registration to a quick blood test through to donating and then taking a moment to recover. With experienced, caring and compassionate staff on hand at all times there really is nothing to worry about when it comes to donating to the NHSBT.
The service will take just under one pint of blood from each donor, which is enough to save three lives! However, while the service runs sessions 7 days a week at around 1500 donor venues around the country, there is always a need for fresh donations. This is especially true for those from ethnic minorities, where there is a real need to recruit more donors.
If you are planning to donate, it is advised that you make sure to drink enough fluids before you do so (not alcohol!) and also ensure you have eaten before you attend your appointment. It is also advised that you leave your dressing on for at least 6 hours following your donation and avoid any heavy lifting, strenuous exercise or heat (for example, from saunas or a hot bath) for the rest of the day.
Donating platelets is a longer process, taking between 90 minutes and two hours, and you would need to speak with a member of NHSBT staff in order to organise this.