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Give Blood: Giving blood and platelets is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients

'You can still travel to donate. Giving blood and platelets is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients. Please keep donating.'

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You can still travel to donate blood as it is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients. Extra safety measures are in place.

NHS Blood and Transplant says:

‘You can still travel to donate. Giving blood and platelets is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients. Please keep donating.’

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Our centres are open and you can still come to give blood. We have followed government guidelines to put special safety measures in place for social distancing.

Some things may have changed, but there will be the same warm welcome. Find out what has changed.

Please keep your appointment if you can, or make a new one for the future. Coming to give blood is considered essential travel for the NHS.

You will not get a coronavirus test by coming to give blood because there is no evidence of transmission through blood donation.

If you have checked our coronavirus advice and are able to donate, there is no reason to postpone.

Next steps for donors

Keep your appointment if you can – and if you can’t please cancel so we can replace you

Make a new appointment – even if it’s some months ahead

Check our advice about contact with coronavirus before you come to donate.

 

Latest coronavirus advice

Please do not donate if you feel unwell. Read our advice below:

  • Am I allowed to come and give blood despite social distancing?

Yes. Travelling to donate is permitted because it helps meet the medical needs of vulnerable people. Hospitals need our blood supply now and in the coming weeks more than ever.

  • Can I donate if I think I’ve had coronavirus?

You should confirm your situation before coming to donate. Please read our guidance.

  • Is it safe to come and donate?

Yes. We have introduced several changes to give donors confidence about hygiene and social distancing. Find out more about what we are doing.

  • Will my blood be tested for coronavirus?

No we do not test for coronavirus because there is no evidence it is transmitted through blood donation. Read about the tests we do.

  • I’m over 70, can I donate?

We are sorry – due to government guidelines people aged 70 or over and those in vulnerable health are currently unable to donate. Please find out more.

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