Who Can Give Blood.

Most people can give blood. If you are generally in good health, age 17 to and weigh at least 50kg (121lb) you can donate. Male donors can give blood every 12 weeks. That's approximately every 3 months or 4 times in a 12 month period. Female donors can give every 16 weeks or approximately every 4 months.

Who Can’t Give Blood

You should not give blood if:

You may not be able to give blood if:


You should not give blood if you are pregnant or you are a woman who has had a baby in the last 6 months.

Travel abroad

Please wait 6 months after returning from a malarial area before giving blood

West Nile virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a flavivirus, similar to Dengue, which causes a wide spectrum of infection and is spread by mosquitos. Donors will no longer be asked to wait 4 weeks from their return from a West Nile Virus area (CANADA, UNITED STATES, ITALY, GREECE, ROMANIA, ALBANIA, ISRAEL, TURKEY, FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC of MACEDONIA, RUSSIA, WEST BANK, GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE, TUNISIA, SERBIA, KOSOVO, HUNGARY or CROATIA ). You may attend a blood donor session as long as you have not been diagnosed with West Nile Virus and have not been unwell whilst abroad or since you returned from the country visited.

HIV and Hepatitis viruses

You should never give blood if: