Donating platelets

Did you know that in addition to collecting whole blood, the Welsh Blood Service also needs to collect platelets?

Can you help?

Are you aged 17 to 66?

Have you got 'good' veins?

Can you attend on a regular basis (at least monthly where possible)?

Do you weigh not less than 9 stone and not more than 23 stone?

Can you travel to our Talbot Green Clinic?

If so, we have a specialist team available to discuss the possibility of you joining our platelet donor register. However, if our assessment shows you would be more suited to whole blood, we would encourage you to be called to a whole blood session of your choice.

If you are a female donor age 17-19yrs please visit our FAQ's for further information.

What are Platelets?

Platelets are blood components which, together with other factors in the blood, are essential in stopping bleeding and bruising.

Who needs Platelets?

Platelets are mostly needed for patients with cancer, leukaemia and emergency care and for premature and very young babies.

However, platelets have the shortest shelf life of all blood components, lasting only five days. This means we have a constant need for platelet donors to ensure we meet the needs of these patients.

How do we collect Platelets?

Click here to download the Platelet Donation Cycle diagram.

The process is similar to giving blood, but we use specialist equipment called a cell separator. The donation typically lasts from 60 to 90 minutes, during which time you can read, watch TV or simply relax.

As a platelet donor, you can donate more frequently than whole blood donors, as the cell separator returns your red cells to you. We ask donors to donate at least monthly if they can.

We operate an appointment system which offers varied hours for your convenience. We have a clinic for platelet donors at the Welsh Blood Service in Talbot Green.

What do I do now?

If you are interested in becoming a platelet donor, enrol today!