Can I give blood?

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Cataract

You may donate blood unless your cataract is caused by an underlying disease such as diabetes.

Cervical Cancer

Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115. This may be a problem for donation. (Also see: Pap smear)

Chest pain

If you have ever been diagnosed with chest pain due to lack of oxygen to your heart, you may not give blood or plasma (any more). Donating blood may be associated with health risks in this case, even if you do not have any symptoms any more. For other causes of chest pain: consult the donation doctor before donating blood. Please contact the Blood Bank about this at 0800-5115.

Chlamydia

Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

Cholera

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.

Cholesterol

You may donate blood, even if you have high cholesterol. If you have a cardiovascular disease, please contact the Blood Bank. Giving blood may be a health risk for you in this case. 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). You may not donate blood while you have CFS symptoms. If you have these symptoms, you are generally not in a sufficiently good condition to give blood.

Chronic bronchitis (COPD)

See 'Bronchitis'

Coagulation disorders

The exact diagnosis is important. If necessary, ask your GP for details and contact the Blood Bank (0800 - 5115).

Cocaine

You may only give blood 1 year after snorting cocaine. If you have ever injected cocaine (or other drugs), you cannot be a blood donor (any more) due to the risk of bloodborne infectious diseases.
You cannot be a blood donor (any more) if you are an addict.

Last edited on: 4 January 2017