Donors and patients are at the heart of our world-class blood service
We provide a safe, accessible and effective blood service for:
- donors - easier booking systems and thousands of places to donate
- patients - safe and consistent supply of blood
- the NHS - lower costs to hospitals through improved integration and planning of end-to-end supply chain
Every year we collect two million voluntary blood donations, prepare them for use, and distribute them to hospitals throughout England
Cord blood donation
Cord blood is rich in stem cells, which can be used to treat many diseases, but it’s usually thrown away after the birth of a baby.
Platelets are collected at 22 centres across England and used to treat patients who can't make enough of their own.
Our goal is to ensure that we supply enough safe blood to meet the needs of patients requiring vital blood transfusions.
These patient services use special technology to exchange, remove or collect certain components within the blood.
Our pioneering research is helping to improve outcomes for patients and donors, and includes a world-first blood donor study.
One donation can save up to three lives
Now is a great time to donate
Taking blood to 2020
Our strategy: Blood 2020 looks at how we can continue to evolve. It will help us fulfil our ambition to become the best organisation of our type in the world.
Need blood abroad?
We do not supply blood for overseas nationals or UK nationals abroad. But the Blood Care Foundation can in an emergency, on a case- by-case basis.