In Order to ensure the safety of blood donation for both donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors are normally required to be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood.
You will probably meet the medical requirements to donate blood if you are:
In good health
At least 18 years old (There is no upper age limit.)
Weigh at least 50 kgs
You should NOT give blood if...
You're a male donor with less than 12 weeks' interval between donations.
You're a female donor who had given blood in the last 12 weeks (normally, you must wait 16 weeks).
You have a chesty cough, sore throat or active cold sore.
You're currently taking antibiotics or you have just finished a course within the last 7 days or have had any infection in last two weeks
You've had hepatitis or jaundice in the last 12 months.
You've had a tattoo, semi-permanent make up or any cosmetic treatment that involves skin piercing in the last 4 months.
You have had acupuncture in the last 4 months, unless this was done within the NHS or by a qualified Healthcare Professional registered with a statutory body.
A member of your family (parent, brother, sister or child) has suffered with CJD (Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease).
You've ever received human pituitary extract (which was used in some growth hormone or fertility treatments before 1985).
You have received blood or think you may have received blood during the course of any medical treatment or procedure anywhere in the world since 1st January 1980.
You are a person with symptoms or laboratory evidence of HIV infection.
You are suffering from Cancer: Hematological, ie: Hodgkin, Leukemia, Lymphomas.
You have used recreational drug (by injection): Having injected yourself with drugs not prescribed by a physician.
Disclaimer: The above is a non-exhaustive list of certain basic conditions before donating blood. Kindly check with your physician before donating blood.