Could you donate plasma to help treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients?
We need people who’ve recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) to donate blood plasma, as part of a clinical trial to help with the national effort against the virus.
The trial will tell us how effective convalescent plasma (plasma from people who’ve had coronavirus) is for treating coronavirus patients.
How you can help
If you have had a positive test result for COVID-19, or have had symptoms of COVID-19, you can help us by registering to donate plasma.
Not everyone will be able to donate. You will need to meet some eligibility criteria and be able to travel to one of our venues to donate.
Using the details you have provided on this form and through further conversations with you, it may be possible to invite you to donate plasma.
What is convalescent plasma?
Blood plasma is a yellowish liquid that makes up about half your blood volume. After a virus, your plasma contains antibodies that are used to help fight infection.
Convalescent plasma is the antibody-rich plasma of someone who has recovered from a virus, in this case COVID-19.
Who can donate convalescent plasma?
Convalescent plasma can only be donated by someone who has had the virus. It is also important that donors have fully recovered from COVID-19, and that their body has had time to develop a good antibody response.
We are currently collecting plasma no sooner than 28 days after recovery and can only accept donations from people who are able to visit one of our main donor centres (see below).
Plasma donation is not the same as blood donation. The process takes around 45 minutes and will separate plasma from the blood as you donate, in a process called apheresis.
We will discuss the details of your donation before you take part.
Any donations will take place at one of the following donor centres.
Our donor centres
- Leeds City Centre
- London Bexleyheath
- London Edgware
- London Tooting
- London Twickenham
- London West End
- Manchester Plymouth Grove
- Manchester City Centre
More about where you can donate convalescent plasma