Can I give blood?

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Cold sore

You may donate blood if there is a harmless cause (menstruation or sunlight). A cold sore can also be triggered by a flu or cold virus. Wait until you are free of flu and cold symptoms for at least 2 weeks before coming to the Blood Bank.

Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

Conization

Conization is performed to remove a precursor of cervical cancer. Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

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Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD/vCJD)

If you, your parents, grandparents, children and/or grandchildren have/has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, please contact the Blood Bank (0800 - 5115). 

Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever Virus

If you have visited an area where Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever Virus is present, you may donate blood 4 weeks after leaving the area. Take the donor test and check whether you have been to a high-risk area. If you have had the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever Virus, you may donate blood 2 weeks after you have recovered.

Crohn’s Disease

You may donate blood if you do not have any severe symptoms or disease activity; some medications may be a contraindication for blood donation. Please contact the Blood Bank about this.

If you have severe symptoms or disease activity, you may (temporarily) not give blood.

Note: You may not donate blood for 6 months following an endoscopy, regardless of the results of the investigation.

Curettage

This may be a problem, depending on the reason for curettage.

The intervention itself is not a problem, so long as you feel well. Wait for 6 months to donate blood after pregnancy (termination).

You may not donate blood in case of cancer. Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

Cystic fibrosis

You may not donate blood (any more). Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

Dementia

You may not donate blood.

Last edited on: 4 January 2017