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11 January 2021

Covid-19: Advice for donors

LIVE DOCUMENT: Our current advice to donors

11 January 2021

Donor Douglas achieves milestone donation.

Douglas Horne from Westhill in Aberdeen recently received his 500th donation award and recalls why started giving blood in 1968.

Blood donors saved Anna's life when she gave birth - and helped her dad meet her baby son.

Ruby and her family thank blood donors across Scotland - and encourage others to give blood.

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).

Donors who give blood at Dundee and Inverness Donor Centres will be the next people in the country invited to use our new online donor accounts.

As blood supplies can drop by 20% over the summer holidays, we ask you to know your blood group and watch bloodstocks.

Giving blood by appointment helps us help patients better. That’s because when you book an appointment, we know hospitals can rely on your blood type on that date, making it easier to regulate blood stocks. That way we know there will always be enough for patients needs.

Here are some of our top tips for making sure your blood donation runs as smoothly as possible.

Current blood stock levels across Scotland Saturday 16 January

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