Donating Blood

Approximately 470ml of blood is donated
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A donor usually gives just under half a litre of blood per donation.

Lost fluid is quickly made up in the body – plasma in 12-18 hours, cells in a few weeks.

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We suggest you allow around 45 minutes for the how donation process this includes:

  • When you arrive you to reception desk.
  • Complete the Donor Registration form and Health Questionnaire.
  • A Health Check conducted by member of nursing staff.
  • Proceed to the waiting area
  • You are called when it is your time to donate.
  • The actual donation time lasts less than 10 minutes.
  • Afterwards you rest for a short period to ensure everything is okay. Donors are given refreshments – cold drink and biscuits.
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Whole blood can be donated at any of our sessions held across Northern Ireland.

This includes:

  • Our Headquarters building in the grounds of the Belfast City Hospital.
  • Our College Street Donation Suite, located in Belfast City Centre.
  • The Bloodmobile our mobile Donation Suite.
  • Any of our regular donation venues update to date details of which can be found on our Where to donate page.
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Female blood donors can give blood every 16 weeks (every 4 months or 3 times in a 12 month period).

Male blood donors can now give blood every 12 weeks (every 3 months or 4 times in a 12 month period).

NIBTS will however continue to send out invitations to both male and female blood donors approximately every 16 weeks.