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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

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New eligibility criteria

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service is marking World Blood Donor Day 2021 by introducing new, fairer, ways of working out who can give blood.

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I’ve had my Covid-19 vaccine. Can I give blood?

In most cases, you can make an appointment to give blood eight days after your Covid-19 vaccination.

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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

01 September 2021

A wheely good thing to do

18 August 2021

A pint for Stella

A secret blood drive to honour Stella's 50th donation.

From 20th August, Inverness Donor Centre will be open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Donors encouraged to 'Save a life at The Centre,' Livingston.

A new Blood Donor Centre will open in The Centre, Livingston from Monday 2nd August 2021 and be accessible to all West Lothian donors.

Current blood stock levels across Scotland Friday 17 September

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