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11 July 2022

Donor health check questionnaire

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On 6 April 2022, we adjusted the way we ask some questions on the Donor Health Check questionnaire in response to donor concerns around Women Only questions.

As a public body we ensure all required questions may be asked without discrimination. This is part of our ongoing commitment to promote equality in our donor base and our civic duty to promote inclusiveness. All donors are now asked the same questions and we no longer specify Women Only questions, meaning the wording of the following two questions has changed:

  • Are you pregnant or have you been within the past 6 months?
  • Have you ever received treatment so you can become pregnant?

This is because a donor should not give blood when pregnant, or within six months of being pregnant. This gives time for the donor to replace the iron in their blood and is a donor safety measure. Also if a donor has received certain fertility treatments, they are unable to donate for patient safety reasons. We do not verbally ask the questions, but we do ask all donors to tick a box on the questionnaire. Although not all questions are relevant to all donors, selectively asking questions of some donors and not others adds complexity and risk of error in the donor selection process, and we always strive to avoid this in a blood donation environment.

All feedback is important to us and if you would like to discuss this further with one of our donor medical team, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 314 5520 or email nss.snbtsdcst@nhs.scot and we can book an appointment for you to have a more detailed discussion with us.

We hope to welcome you soon.

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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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