The main blood donor centres are still open for donations. Travel to the sites to donate is categorised as ‘essential travel’, under the new restrictions in force. (Updated 6 April 2020)
If your local donation centre is not listed on this page, please check with it directly for its current opening. The services listed below are each updating their online information as the situation emerges.
UK Department for Health and Social Care confirmed travel for giving blood and platelets to a NHS centre are permitted within the current coronavirus restrictions (24 March 2020).
“Travel to give blood is essential for the NHS. Extra safety measures are in place at all sessions.”Department of Health and Social Care
Communicators at the UK’s blood and transplants services are promoting the message that blood and platelet donations are essential travel under the category of “medical need and helping a vulnerable person”.
Rules on giving blood during the current coronavirus outbreak in England. The NHS Blood and Transplant Service includes an online search tool where individuals can check whether they can are eligible to donate if they have travelled abroad recently.
Any changes to the arrangements will be published on NHS Blood and Transplant Service coronavirus section.
Thanks to NHS Trust health communicators and others for contacting CIPR LPS Group to help promote the message that blood donations are continuing.
Video from the NHS Blood and Transport Service on donations at the current time (below).
NHS Blood and Transplant Service can help answer your questions
A special NHS Blood and Transplant Service coronavirus section went live online on 24 March 2020. It includes information on:
- NHS Give Blood App available to download on Apple Store and Google Play to book appointments
- FAQs on giving blood during the coronavirus outbreak
- advice on donating blood including informational videos
Each of the links below gives answers to frequently asked questions and where you can find more information.
Extra safety measures in place at blood donation centres (23 March 2020)
Stem cell donation
There is a temporary stop on the recruitment of new stem cell donors due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For status updates, visit British Bone Marrow Registry.
Blood donation in the UK
These are the current links available. Please check with your local blood donation service if it is not listed.
Website: NHS Blood and Transplant Service
Coronavirus section: NHS Blood and Transplant Service and COVID-19
Twitter: @GiveBloodNHS for latest updates and #KeepDonating.
Facebook: Give Blood NHS
Coronavirus page: Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service coronavirus (COVID-19) information on donation centres, how to book and things to know in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus page: COVID-19 advice from the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Facebook: Give Blood for Scotland
Website: Welsh Blood Service
Coronavirus page: Welsh Blood Service and coronavirus (COVID-19) includes FAQs
Facebook: Welsh Blood Service
Please check directly if these services are available at this time.
Further public service info
- More information for communications during the coronavirus outbreak is available in the CIPR Local Public Service Group’s resource hub.
- Share this communications hub with colleagues in or supporting the public service information work by sending them the web address https://tinyurl.com/LPS-coronavirus
- If you are a health communicator, did you know there is a CIPR Health Group too?
Thanks to Abha Thakor for sharing this article for CIPR LPS.