Coughs, Colds and general Health

You should be in good health to give blood.

Things to consider:

Cold sores

You can donate once the cold sore is dry and healing.

Colds, coughs, sore throats

You can donate once you are getting better and are feeling well.

Hay fever and similar allergies

You can donate provided that you have no symptoms, even if taking antihistamines.

Infectious diseases:

Measles, Mumps, Chickenpox, Shingles, German measles

You can donate provided that you have been fully recovered for two weeks or more.
If you have been in contact with someone with an infectious disease and have never had the disease you must wait 4 weeks before donating.

Other infections

Please wait 2 weeks from recovery and at least 7 days from completing a course of antibiotics.

Sickness, diarrhoea

You can donate provided that you have been fully recovered for two weeks or more.

Broken bones

You can donate once your plaster cast has been removed and any wounds are healed.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol

You can donate while being treated for high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. If your blood pressure medication changes you have to wait at least 4 weeks before donating.