Convalescent plasma programme


The Department of Health and Social Care has asked NHS Blood and Transplant to stop collecting convalescent plasma donations.  

This follows the completed analysis of trial results which showed no overall benefit for people in hospital with coronavirus and a decision not to proceed with a third trial into plasma use early in the disease.

The trial results have helped scientists all over the world and everyone who has donated has played an important part in helping answer important questions about how to treat the virus. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had. Thank you.      

A donor holds a bag of his plasma

What's next for plasma donation?

The good news is that we have started collecting plasma for antibody medicines that help people with rare diseases.

Thousands of patients in the UK rely on them. There is a growing need for plasma for medicines and a worldwide shortage of donors.

Until now, plasma for these medicines had to be sourced from overseas but we are now able to collect plasma from UK donors to help provide lifesaving and life-enhancing medicines for patients being treated in the NHS.

Donate plasma

There is a growing need for plasma for medicines and we need people to donate. 

Call 0300 123 23 23 to find out more and book an appointment. 

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