Each time a blood donation is collected, we take blood samples for testing. These samples are subjected to rigorous safety checks back in our laboratory to ensure only healthy blood is distributed to hospitals.
These safety tests are essential and we carry them out on every single blood donation. We check your blood group and test for infections that can be passed from donor to patient through blood transfusion.
These tests are carried out mainly by computer controlled, automated machines, which accurately test all our donor samples.
Why do we test your blood donation?
Donor and patient safety is at the heart of everything we do and need to ensure the blood supply in Wales remains among the safest in the world. Blood collection is a heavily regulated activity and there are a number of safeguards in place to ensure only safe blood products are issued to hospitals.