Are You Feeling Anxious About Becoming A Blood Donor? Learn More About The Donation Process
– On arrival you will be required to complete a Self Exclusion Questionnaire. The questions are meant to assess your health and lifestyle to ensure you are well enough to donate blood and that your blood may not be of any risk to a patient who may receive it.
– This is followed by a one-on-one interview with the nurse who goes through the questions to ensure that the questions are understood and that the donor understands the importance of being honest on the questionnaire.
– Your blood pressure and haemoglobin (iron) levels are checked. (The checking of your iron level is done with a small prick to your finger.)
If you meet this criteria you may continue, if not you will be deferred.
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– We will need to confirm your name, address and date of birth
– We examine your arm and place a cuff on your arm to maintain a small amount of pressure during donation.
– We then examine your arm to find a suitable vein and clean it with an antiseptic sponge.
– We will insert a needle in your arm which will collect your blood into a blood bag with your unique number.
– We only use new, sterile needles which are used once and incinerated thereafter.
– A scale weighs the blood and stops when you have donated 480ml. This usually takes between 5-10 minutes.
– In addition to the blood bag donated, 3 small vials of blood will also be collected. This is what goes through for testing with the unique number that refers back to the blood donated.
The blood donation process takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.