Can I give blood?

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Fainting

If you have experienced fainting or dizzy spells, always report this during screening.

If you fainted for a clear (harmless and avoidable) reason and you have been symptom-free for some time, there is usually no objection to donate blood.

If there are indications of a more serious underlying condition, this may be a problem for donating blood. If you faint repeatedly after donating blood, you may be advised to stop donating blood. You have an elevated risk of fainting for the first 12 hours after donation.

Do you have a profession or hobby where fainting may pose a serious risk to you or others? We recommend waiting at least 12 hours before performing said profession or hobby after donating blood. Examples include: fire fighters, pilots, divers, window washers, roofers, train drivers or crane operators. If you are doubting whether you are fit enough to give blood, please contact the Blood Bank (0800 - 5115).

Felon (Whitlow)

You may donate blood if you have been symptom-free for at least 2 weeks and have not used antibiotics for at least 2 weeks.

Fever > 38°C

You may donate blood if you have been symptom-free for at least 2 weeks and have not used antibiotics for at least 2 weeks. For a specific infectious disease, e.g. West-Nile virus, see the appropriate section.

Fibromyalgia

You may donate blood if you feel well enough.

Flu

You may donate blood if you have been symptom-free for at least 2 weeks and have not used antiviral medication for at least 2 weeks. If you have been in contact with a person who has the flu, you may donate blood so long as you do not have any symptoms. Should you develop symptoms within 1 week of donating blood, please contact the Blood Bank as quickly as possible (0800-5115).

Flu Vaccination

See: Vaccination

Folic acid deficiency

You may donate blood once the deficiency in your blood has been supplemented entirely and you have a normal haemoglobin level (=iron content).

The cause of the folic acid deficiency can sometimes be a reason not to give blood. Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

Last edited on: 4 January 2017