What is Blood?
Blood is essential to life. Blood circulates through our body and delivers essential
substances like oxygen and
nutrients to the body’s cells. It also transports metabolic waste products away from those
same cells. There is no
substitute for blood. It cannot be made or manufactured. Generous blood donors are the only
source of blood for patients
in need of a blood transfusion.
Why Give Blood?
Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people
who need long-term treatments.
Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood.
Can I Donate Blood?
Many potential blood donors believe that they can’t donate blood due to medical or other
reasons. But whether you’ve
heard or read information about donation restrictions or been turned down in the past,
please do not self defer. You may
be able to say “Yes I can!” and share your power through blood donation. Sometimes it is not
possible for you to give
blood, or we may have to ask you to wait for a period of time before donating again. To save
donors from wasted time and
wasted journeys, this page addresses some of the most common questions about eligibility.If
you have an existing medical
condition, or have a question about your eligibility to give blood, you should check the
health & eligibility.
Can I donate if I feel ill, have a chesty cough, a cold
sore or am coming down with a cold?
If you are feeling under the weather with any of these things it’s best that you wait until
you feel better before you
Can I donate blood if I am taking antibiotics or have an
You must be completely healed or recovered from any infection for at least 14 days before
you give blood. If you are
taking antibiotics you may need to wait a period of time after your last tablet.
Can I donate if I am pregnant, or have recently been
During your pregnancy, you are not able to give blood. If you had a blood transfusion during
your pregnancy or at
delivery then you will not be able to become a blood donor.
Can I give blood if I am receiving medical treatment or
We’ll need to check that you can donate. Whether or not you can donate will depend on the
medication you are receiving
as well as the condition for which you are being treated.
Can I give blood if I have been to the dentist or
received dental treatment?
Simple fillings and check ups are usually ok after 24 hours. However, some treatments will
mean a longer deferral.
Can I give blood if I have a heart condition?
We will need to have more information to know if you can give blood. It will depend on your
specific heart condition.
Can I donate if I have got a tattoo or a body piercing?
If you had this done recently you may have to wait before you can donate again.
Can I give blood if I have had a transfusion, or
received blood products or an organ transplant?
We may need more information about your transfusion. If you have received tissue or an
organ, it may be possible to
Can I donate blood if I have high or low blood pressure?
It is possible to donate blood if you have high blood pressure or low blood pressure.
However, there are some
Can I give blood if I have had acupuncture?
Can I give blood if I have had acupuncture? It may be possible to give blood after
acupuncture. We will need to know the
reason you had the treatment and the certification of the acupuncturist.