#ScotBlood -Every minute of every day someone in Scotland is receiving blood as part of a life-saving or life-enhancing treatment. Yet, only 5% of the population are active blood donors.
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) must welcome 5000 blood donors every week to meet the needs of patients in Scotland.
Your blood is made up of the following components:
- Plasma – the liquid part of your blood
- Red cells – carry oxygen around the body
- White cells – fight off infection
- Platelets – the part of blood that makes it clot
Each precious donation of blood has a very short shelf life. Your red cells, for example, can only be stored for a few weeks and your platelets have a shelf life of just five days.
There are eight blood groups which are classified using two systems:
- ABO System – Group O, A, B and AB
- RhD (Rhesus) system – Positive (+) and Negative (-)
After giving blood you will receive your blood donor card with your blood group and donor number.
Getting ready to donate
Remember to have something to eat and drink before coming along.
It would be helpful to bring the following with you:
- A list of any recent travel, including dates.
- A list of any medications you are taking.
- Your completed Donor Health Check Questionnaire – if you have been sent one.
After you have given blood
- Make sure you have plenty to drink to help replenish the fluid you have lost.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for the rest of the day.
- Please get in touch if you have any problems after giving blood.
- You will receive your Donor Card with your blood group.
- You have to leave at least 12 weeks between donations.