Can I donate blood

Check the criteria that may affect your eligibility to donate blood.

General eligibility criteria

To donate blood, you must:

  • Be in general good health.
  • Not have had any symptoms of infection e.g. sore throat, cough, runny nose or diarrhoea for at least 1 week.
  • Not have had a fever in the last 3 weeks.
  • Not have taken medication, herbal supplements or traditional herbal remedies for at least 3 days. If you have taken antibiotics, wait at least 1 week.
  • Weigh at least 45 kg.
  • Have a haemoglobin level of at least 13.0 g/dl for males and 12.5 g/dl for females.

It may be harmful to you or the recipients if you donate blood when you are not eligible to do so.

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