Can I Donate?

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

Who Cannot Donate?

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.

Why Should I Donate ?

You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason:

It can be any of the below:

   Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.

   Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.

   Some believe it is the right thing we do.

Health Benefits of Donating

1. Free Health Check-up

You can donate blood only if you are fit enough to do so. Before every blood donation process, a basic health check-up is performed on the donor totally free of cost. This will be of great benefit to you.

2. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Regular blood donations help to keep the levels of iron in the body in check, especially in males. This has shown to reduce heart disease. Though iron is an essential element for the proper functioning of the body, excessive iron build up can result in excessive oxidative damage.

3. Burns Calories

One time blood donation helps you shed 650 Kcal. This can aid you in your body weight control measures. However, blood can be donated safely once in two or three months and not more frequently. This will depend on your health status and your blood hemoglobin and iron levels.

Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life.