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05 May 2022

Covid-19 prevention at session


As Covid-19 guidance continues to change, new rules are in place to keep our donor sessions as safe as possible.

From 5 May 2022, we will ask you to remove your own face covering and replace it with a Fluid Resistant Surgical Mask (FRSM), which we will provide for you. These clinical quality masks will help to reduce any transmission of Covid-19 between staff and donors. These masks will be provided when you arrive at the session. You will be asked to remove your own face covering / mask, use alcohol hand rub and apply the mask provided.

The distance between the donor seats at the waiting area will remain one metre apart.

This is the current best practice, to help prevent any donor to donor transmission of COVID-19 on session. The well being of donors, patients and staff is very important to us. To date, we have had no donor to donor transmission of COVID at session. We are grateful to you for this.

Thank you for helping to keep our sessions as safe as possible.  Further information is provided below.

If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

I don’t want to wear a mask. Can I still attend without wearing one?

No. We are sorry if this is inconvenient.  Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is classed as a health care setting and all donors and staff are required to wear Fluid Resistant Surgical masks (FRSMs).  Should you refuse to wear a mask (unless you are exempt) you will be refused entry to donate.

I am exempt – what happens?

Any donors that are exempt from wearing a mask may have an underlying health condition which may impact their legibility to donate. Our staff on session will be required to ask further questions to ensure eligibility before the donor can donate.

  • Thank you for your co-operation with this. If you require any further information, please contact us online or by calling 0345 90 90 999 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

Current blood stock levels across Scotland Saturday 28 May

We aim to retain 6 days of stocks at any time in order to meet the requirements of patients in Scotland.

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