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.
Giving blood is classed as an essential activity.
However, we ask you to please come alone. Non-donating relatives, companions or children are breaching non-essential travel restrictions.
If you have an appointment, please try to come no earlier than five minutes beforehand. This helps reduce queues.
Please do not come to give blood if you are aged 70 or over.
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 scotblood.co.uk 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 you come forward to 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 are aged 70 or over
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, you must not donate until at least 14 days after final symptoms have ceased.
If you were self-isolating because other household members were sick, but you remained symptom free yourself, you must not donate until 14 days after your first day of self-isolation.
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