What you must know to donate blood

Making donation safe for you, and for those who receive your donation

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Before you donate...

  • Have something to eat in the hours before you donate. Avoid fatty foods such as bacon or fried foods.
  • You will complete a questionnaire.
  • Drink at least 500 ml of water and eat a salty snack just before donating.
  • We will confirm your identity.
  • We will check your:
    • hemoglobin with a finger stick test
    • temperature
  • We may check your blood pressure.
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While you donate...

  • The needle used during your donation is sterile, used only once and then discarded.
  • We will collect about 450 ml of blood.
  • The collection process usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • We will ask you to do muscle tensing exercises while you donate and before getting up.
  • Please alert a member of our team if you are not feeling well during your donation.
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After you donate...

  • We will apply a pressure bandage on your arm.
  • You are encouraged to stay in the refreshment area for about 15 minutes to re-hydrate and have a snack. If you feel faint sit down and rest for a few minutes with your head between your knees or lie down.