National Blood Service
National Blood Service
  • National Blood Service, Coxford Rd, Southampton
    SO16 5AF
Blood is something we all expect to be there for us when we need it, yet less than 3% of us actively give blood - many people would not be alive today if it wasn't for the generosity of our donors. Most people can give blood, but all donors have to meet the eligibility criteria before their blood is accepted to ensure there's no risk of us harming you or the patients who will receive it.

 Where can I give blood?

If you've never given blood before you'll probably wonder what our Blood Donation Sessions are and what happens there. They can take place at regular intervals at your local community centre, church, sports club or even daily at one of our permanent sites across England & North Wales.

You can book an appointment to attend by booking online using the venue finder on the right-hand side and registering for an account or by calling our Helpline on 0300 123 23 23.

Different types of donation

The is another type of blood donation called Component donation - a specialised way of donating using a cell separator machine. These machines separate the blood into all its various components: platelets, red cells, plasma & white cells. We take out just what we need and put back into your body what we don't. Because the large majority of blood components are returned, the donor can safely donate more frequently than every 16 weeks. In some cases this can be every two weeks.

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