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04 August 2020

Covid-19: Advice for donors



At the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, we take great care to minimise any risk of harm to donors or patients. This is why we place a number of restrictions on who can donate at any given time – and why these constraints can and do change over time.

Current situation

  • Giving blood is classed as an essential activity.
  • You now need to make an appointment to give blood at any donation session in Scotland.
  • We ask you to please come alone (or with a household member who is also donating) so we can keep to social distancing regulations.
  • Please try to come no earlier than five minutes before your appointment. This helps reduce queues.
  • We are open, but our sessions are subject to change.
  • We will get in touch if there are changes to your session, but please check before coming to donate.

Please make an extra special effort to give blood over the coming days, weeks and months. If you are fit and well and have not been impacted by Covid-19, it's important to come forward and donate.

Am I eligible to donate?

As always, our usual donor eligibility criteria apply. See Can I give blood? for more information.

However, there are also a number of new criteria in place with regards to Covid-19. Currently, you must not donate if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You have Covid-19
  • You are in self-isolation with symptoms of possible Covid-19
  • You are well but are in self-isolation because other household members have symptoms of possible Covid-19

If you have shown symptoms of Covid-19 or tested positive for Covid-19, you must not donate until at least 28 days after final symptoms have ceased.

If you were self-isolating (eg because other household members were sick or following travel), but you remained symptom-free yourself, you must not donate until 14 days after your first day of self-isolation.

After you've donated...

If you feel unwell or suffer any discomfort or problems after giving blood, or have doubts at any time after donating about whether your blood should be used for patients, call us on 0345 90 90 999.


Where can I find out more?

NHS inform have created an excellent resource on the Covid-19, including an automated self-check guide which helps you find out what to do next if you have developed any symptoms and are worried about Covid-19

Current blood stock levels across Scotland Friday 18 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