Can I bring someone with me when I’m donating?
For safety reasons, we’re asking that, where possible, only those giving blood enter the donation session.
We understand bringing children to a clinic in exceptional circumstances may be unavoidable. Due to the variety of environments in which we work and the unpredictable nature of healthcare provision, we cannot create a standardised response for all donors and all children…read more.
I can’t find an appointment near me.
We try our best to visit all areas across Wales and we frequently update the website with new appointments. Please check back in 30 days or click here to enrol and receive an invite when we’re next in your area.
How long does it take to give blood?
From the time you arrive at the centre to the time you leave; the entire process takes approximately 45-60 minutes. The time it takes to give blood is between five and 10 minutes.
What should I eat and drink before giving blood?
We advise that you eat and drink regularly before giving blood to keep your blood sugar levels stable. You should also have a snack and drink water immediately after giving blood to avoid feeling faint or dizzy.
Is it ok to exercise before giving blood?
We suggest avoiding doing anything too strenuous before and after giving blood. Light exercise like walking is fine – just remember to stay hydrated.
What should I wear to give blood?
When giving blood, we need to have easy access to the veins, so we recommend that you wear something comfortable with loose sleeves so it’s easy to roll up your sleeve past your elbow.
How much blood do I give?
We typically take just under a pint of blood (475ml) with additional samples for testing.