Donating Platelets

How much Platelets can be donated

A blood sample is taken on the day to determine your Platelet levels.  The cell separator machine can collect enough platelets to treat one, two or even three patients from one donation.

Donating Platelets can take between 30-90 minutes depending on donation size.

The cell separator machine collects platelets (and some plasma) from your blood and repeats this cycle until enough platelets have been collected. The whole procedure takes 50 – 90 minutes depending on the volume of the donation.

Donating platelets is by appointment just call (028) 9053 4668 to book a time slot or email us on and we will contact you.

Where to donate Platelets - currently only at NIBTS headquarters.

Platelets can be donated at our head quarters building.


  • All platelet donations are appointment based
  • Late night opening hours
  • Free cark park for donors
  • Free WiFi
How often can I donate Platelets - all donors can donate every 4 weeks

In the space of a single day a normal healthy body will replace all the platelets (and plasma), so it is perfectly acceptable to donate platelets on a regular basis (usually once a month).