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 virus or antibody test for COVID-19, or have had symptoms of COVID-19, you can help by registering your interest in donating 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.
We are currently collecting plasma at least 28 days after you have recovered.
Read about who can donate convalescent plasma
Using the details you give on the 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.
Please read more information about who can donate convalescent plasma
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
- Leeds Bridle Path
- Liverpool Speke
- 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