The highest priorities of the Blood Donors Association and the National Blood Transfusion Service are the safety of the blood supply and our blood donors.

Some individuals may be at risk of transferring communicable disease through blood donation due to exposure via travel or other activities or may encounter problems with blood donation due to their health.

We ask these questions to ensure that it is safe for patients to receive your blood and to ensure that it is safe for you to donate blood that day.

A healthy male donor may donate every 3 months, up to four times a year.

Platelet apheresis donors may give every 14 days up to 24 times per year.

Platelet apheresis donors may give every 14 days up to 24 times per year.

Donors must be aged between 18 and 65. Donation by 17-year-olds is accepted with a signed parental consent form. Donors must weigh at least 50Kgs and be in good health.

Additional eligibility criteria apply.

You may still donate blood, platelets and plasma 8 days after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

You must be fully recovered from COVID-19 and symptom-free for a least 10 days before donating blood.

If you have had a positive diagnostic test in the past 10 days for COVID-19 but didn’t have symptoms, you will need to wait 10 days after the COVID-19 test.

If you have a pending COVID-19 diagnostic test for COVID-19, you are not able to donate during this time.
Once you have tested negative or been symptom-free for 10 days you will be eligible. to donate blood

Aspirin, no waiting period for donating whole blood. However, you must wait 2 full days after taking aspirin or any medication containing aspirin before donating platelets by apheresis. For example, if you take aspirin products on Monday, the soonest you may donate platelets is Thursday.

A donor with an acute infection and taking antibiotics should not donate. The reason for antibiotic use must be evaluated to determine if the donor has a bacterial infection that could be transmissible by blood.
Acceptable after finishing oral antibiotics for an infection (bacterial or viral).

Birth Control
Women on oral contraceptives or using other forms of birth control are eligible to donate.

Donors with diabetes who take any kind of insulin are eligible to donate as long their diabetes is well controlled.

Acceptable after dental procedures as long as there is no infection present.
Wait until finishing antibiotics for a dental infection.
Wait for 3 days after having oral surgery.

Consider volunteering or hosting a blood drive through the Blood Donors Association.

You can also help people facing emergencies by making a financial donation to support the Blood Donors Association’s greatest needs.

 Your gift enables the Blood Donors Association to ensure an ongoing blood supply and sensitisation on voluntary blood donation.

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