What happens when I donate?

Giving blood

Remember to have something to eat and drink before coming along.

Getting started

  • A member of staff will welcome you to the session.
  • You will be asked to read the Donor Information Leaflet.


                      Health Check
Health check

  • You will be asked to fill in a Donor Health Check Questionnaire - you may already have done so at home.
  • If you are a new donor, a nurse will go through your Health Check with you. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Testing your haemoglobin (iron) level
Testing you hb

  • Your haemoglobin level needs to be tested to make sure you can spare a pint of blood.
  • This is done by taking a small sample of blood from your finger.


                      Now it's time to give your donation
Giving your donation

  • Your donation will take 10 to 15 minutes to collect.
  • We aim to take 470mls of blood, with additional samples for testing.
  • This may sound like a lot but it is less than a pint in total! 

You will have someone with you throughout your donation to ensure you are comfortable and happy with the process.


  • Now it's time to relax.
  • Enjoy a rest, a drink and some biscuits.



Where to donate

Find your nearest session.

Use this form to find your nearest session.

Become a donor

Becoming a blood donor is quick and simple.

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Can I donate?

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