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The National Blood Serivce hold regular drop-in sessions at Claverham Village Hall. See our community events page for upcoming dates.
- Over 25% of us require blood at least once in our lifetime
- Only 4% of adults are currently donors
- Male donors can give blood every 12 weeks
- Female donors can give blood every 16 weeks
Why Give Blood?
Donated blood is a lifeline for many people needing long-term treatments, not just in emergencies. Your blood's main components: red cells, plasma and platelets are vital for many different uses.
Who Can Give Blood?
Most people can give blood. As long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating. However, If you are female, aged under 20 years old and weigh under 65kg (10st 3lb) and are under 168cm (5' 6") in height, we need to estimate your blood volume before donating.
Who Can't Give Blood?
Although most people are potentially able to give blood, some are not.
There are a variety of reasons why we might ask you not to give blood, but they fall into two main categories. Firstly, if evidence suggests that donating blood could potentially harm you, then to protect your safety we would ask you not to donate. Secondly, if evidence suggests that your donation could potentially harm the patient receiving it, then we would ask you not to donate. This would include the situation where a specific behaviour may have put you at a higher risk of an infection which could be transmitted to a patient by blood.
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