How do I give blood?

Information about who can give blood, why giving blood is important and how you give blood.

Why should I give blood?

Giving blood can save lives. Blood can be used in different ways to help people. For example you can use it for treating conditions such as cancer or it can be used after accidents or during surgery when people lose a lot of blood.

Can I give blood?

You might not be able to give blood if:
  • You’re ill or not feeling well,
  • You weigh less than 7st 12lbs,
  • You have had a new tattoo or piercing in the 12 months,
  • You have given birth in the last 9 months or are pregnant.

Generally, you need to be over the age of 17 to give blood. There are some restrictions on who can give blood - these are there to protect the person giving the blood as well as the person receiving the blood.

Visit the Scot Blood website and take the test to see if you are able to give blood.

How can I give blood?

There are local centres all across Scotland where you can give blood. To find out where your local one is and when you can donate, register to become a donor on the Scot Blood website

What happens when I give blood?

First things first  - make sure you have something to eat and drink before you give blood.

Before you give blood  the nurse will take a small sample of blood from your finger. This is just to check the haemoglobin level of your blood (they're checking to see if your body will be ok to donate a pint of blood).

It usually takes between 10 to 15 minutes to take your blood. On one visit you'll give up to 470mls, this is actually less a pint.

After you've given blood you'll go and rest, have something to eat and drink. Then you're free to go!

More information

Scot Blood - Visit this website for information about giving blood and signing up to become a donor.