There are about one billion red blood cells in two or three drops of blood.
Sometimes, knowing what to expect when you start donating makes the first step easier.
When you donate blood, NZ Blood Service staff will ask you questions to check that giving blood will be safe for you, and safe for the person receiving your blood.
If giving blood may be unsafe for either of these reasons, you may be deferred (e.g. not allowed to donate), either temporarily or permanently.
To ensure the safety of blood supplied, it is important that the donor is in a good health. This ensures the donor is protected against damage to his/her own health and that the recipient is protected against the transmission of disease, drugs or contaminated products that could be detrimental to the recipient.
On arrival to make a blood donation you will be asked to fill out a Donor Health Questionnaire called a Donor Session Record Form which must be completed before you can give blood. As with all health and personal information provided to NZBS, all details supplied are strictly confidential.
You may be eligible to be a blood donor if you:
Donating blood is safe, simple and worthwhile.
Although NZBS screens all donations for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C and syphilis - it is not a testing centre. If you believe that you need a specific test please contact your own Doctor.
Within a few weeks of donating, you'll receive a blood donor card. This card is important as it provides a personal donor identification number that will help to identify you when you come back to donate.
If you lose your Blood Donor Card, please let us know next time you come to give blood.