On the day
We will register your details upon arrival at the donor centre. Then, a team member will show you how to use the touch screen to complete the Donor Health Check Questionnaire, which will tell us about your general health, travel and lifestyle. We want to make sure you are fit and well enough to donate blood and that your blood is safe to give to a patient. In strict confidence, a member of our team staff will discuss the health questionnaire with you to assess your suitability.
Next, we will take a drop of blood from your fingertip to measure your haemoglobin (iron) and check that it’s within the acceptable range.
We will also give you 500ml of fluid to drink before you give blood – this will help ensure you are hydrated and don’t feel lightheaded after giving blood. We also recommend that you have a snack before attending the donor centre to ensure that your blood sugar levels are steady.