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Age – Blood Donor
- Donors can donate once they have reached their 17th birthday.
- 1st time donors can donate up to their sixty-sixth birthday.
- Regular donors (i.e. those who give at least one donation in a two year period) can continue to donate beyond 70 years, provided they remain otherwise fit and well.
Weight – Blood Donor
- Donors should weigh at least 50kg (7 stone 12 pounds).
- If you are a female & aged less than 20 years old additional height and weight criteria apply. We need to estimate your blood volume before deciding if you can donate.
- There is no upper weight limit. However, our donation beds will safely accommodate a donor weighing up to 25 stone (158kg).
Blood Count – Blood Donor
- Donors need to have an adequate haemoglobin (blood count) to donate.
- Haemoglobin levels have been set at 125 g/L for females and 135 g/L for males.
- Donors will have their blood count checked each time they come to donate. We do this by taking a tiny drop of blood from the fingertip.