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Covid-19: Advice for donors

Our live document sets out our most up-to-date advice for donors, including your eligibility to donate

Read our donor advice

Current blood stock levels

To be ready to help Scotland’s patients at any time, we aim to stock six days’ worth of each blood type at all times.

See blood stock levels

Muscle tensing exercises

Did you know you can reduce the risk of fainting by tensing certain muscles while you give blood?

Watch our demo video

More about giving blood

Blood Donor 24

Blood Donor 24 is a team of emergency response donors who pledge to give blood within 24 hours.

Give platelets

Patients across Scotland rely on platelets, including people with cancer and leukaemia .

Blood types

How much do you know about your blood? We aim to have six days supply of each blood group at all times.

The journey of donated blood

Each precious blood donation has a very short shelf life. We have to act fast to make sure it goes where it's needed.

Make a difference

Are you the type to save a+ life?

Knowing your blood group is important. You can see your blood type on your donor card, or simply ask next time you give blood.

Blood types

Latest news

SNBTS to begin collecting plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19.

09 April 2020

Thank you.

Huge thanks to Scotland’s blood and platelet donors who have provided an amazing response since COVID-19 restrictions began.

Appointments will be bookable by phoning 0345 90 90 999 or using the online donor account.

Police Scotland give blood at Aberdeen Donor Centre.

Current blood stock levels across Scotland Sunday 31 May

We aim to retain 6 days of stocks at any time in order to meet the requirements of patients in Scotland.

Learn more about blood types