We welcome every new donor who joins us to save and improve lives.
We encourage you to go online to register so that we can offer you an appointment sometime in the future, or contact you when we need you.
We visit some venues only a small number of times a year and we need to spread out appointments through the year so that we are taking donations of the right blood every day. This means that new donors may not always be able to donate straight away, but we normally expect you to be able to find an appointment in the next four months. Your blood is very valuable, so please be patient.
Our donor centres
We have 23 static donor centres in some of our major cities and these offer the ability to get a much quicker appointment as they are open most days of the week.
Priority blood groups
Some blood types are in greater demand to meet the needs of patients. We need to recruit lots of people to donate so that we can find the people with the priority blood types patients need most.
You will find out your blood type after your first donation.
Blood is a precious gift from our donors which should not be wasted.
It is important we only receive donations of the blood patients need when they need it.
That is why we are asking some donors with priority blood types that are in short supply to donate more regularly, and asking others to donate less often so that we do not receive more blood than is required.
Why do we need so many new donors?
People stop donating every year for one reason or another so we need new donors to maintain the supply to patients across all blood groups.
We are aiming to recruit 135,000 new donors this year to replace the donors we lose, to make sure we have enough donors for each blood type, to cope with increased deferrals caused by improved testing of donor iron levels, and to deal with the fact that an increasing number of people who register to donate don’t go on to donate.