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Are you eligible to give blood?

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Question 1 of 8

Are you aged between 17 and 65?

Unfortunately, you can only become a blood donor between your 17th and 66th birthday.

If you're aged 16, we'd love to take your details. If you're a regular donor aged 66 or over, please keep giving.

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Question 2 of 8

Are you waiting for test results from your doctor?

This does not include routine smear, mammogram or other screening tests.

Unfortunately, you won't be eligible to give blood until you've received your test results.

If you think your results could affect your eligibility to give blood, please get in touch.

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Question 3 of 8

Have you visited a malarial area in the last year?

If you're unsure, check the travel section below to see whether there are restrictions on places you've been.

Unfortunately, you'll have to wait 12 months before you can give blood.

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Question 4 of 8

Have you had cancer, heart disease or a stroke?

Unfortunately, you're not eligible to give blood.

Many thanks for your support. If you'd like more information, please get in touch.

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Question 5 of 8

Have you given birth in the last six months, or are you currently pregnant?

We'd love to welcome you six months after your baby is born.

Many thanks for your support. If you'd like more information, please get in touch.

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Question 6 of 8

Had a tattoo or piercing in the last four months?

You'll need to wait four months after a tattoo or piercing before you can give blood.

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Question 7 of 8

Have you had an endoscopy or colonoscopy in the last four months?

You'll need to wait four months after your investigation before you can give blood.

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Question 8 of 8

Have you received a blood transfusion since 1st January 1980?

If you received blood in another country before 1980, please contact us for advice

Unfortunately, you're not eligible to give blood if you have received (or think you might have received) a blood transfusion since 1980.

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