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Before Your Donation

If you are under 18 Parental consent is required. If you have any questions please get in contact with us.


Diet:

Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, leafy greens, beans, iron-fortified cereals, eggs and raisins.

Sleep:

It’s important to get a good night’s sleep before blood donation.

Hydrate:

Drink plenty of water or juice in the days before donation and extra 3 non-alcoholic drinks In the 3 hours leading up to your donation which will help prepare your body for an extra loss of fluids.


Eat a healthy meal before donating:

Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, leafy greens, beans, iron-fortified cereals, eggs and raisins.

Avoid Alcohol:

Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours before blood donation.

Avoid Aspirin:

If you are a platelet donor, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days before donation. If you are on any other medications it is important to continue taking these as prescribed.