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COVID-19: Donating blood

COVID-19: Donating blood
30 March 2020

NHS Blood and Transport are keen to let people know that they can still travel to donate during the lockdown. Giving blood and platelets is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients, so please keep going.

Donation centres are still open and staff are following 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.

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 as there is no evidence of transmission through blood donation.

Next steps for donors: 

  1. Keep your appointment if you can - and if you can't please cancel so we can replace you
  2. Make a new appointment - even if it's some months ahead
  3. Check our advice about contact with coronavirus before you come to donate.

Please do not donate if you feel unwell.

Frequently asked questions:

  • 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 a good 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.

  • Is it safe to come and donate?

Yes. Several changes have been introduced to give donors confidence about hygiene and social distancing.

  • Will my blood be tested for coronavirus?

No, they do not test for coronavirus because there is no evidence it is transmitted through blood donation.

  • I'm over 70, can I donate?

Sorry - due to government guidelines people aged 70 or over and those in vulnerable health are currently unable to donate.

For more information, click here.