The body will replace the fluids of the donated blood in just 24 hours. The red blood cells will be replaced in about 6 to 8 weeks. After 3 months, a person can choose to donate again.
Every day hundreds of people in New Zealand need blood or blood products, donated by voluntary blood donors, to help save their lives.
Before they can receive it, donated blood is tested and processed to ensure it is safe for the patients receiving it.
Red Cell Component of blood only last for 35 days.
Platelets only last for 5 days.
Therefore maintaining an adequate blood supply at all times is crucial and is only possible thanks to the regular donations from healthy blood donors.