Patients in NZ hospitals need about 3,000 blood donations every week
If Diarrhoea is present (frequent watery or unformed bowel motions) – see our link to Diarrhoea
If Vomiting is the problem – see our link to Infection
We will ask you to wait 4 weeks from full recovery from this infection as a clearance of the virus is known to be delayed.
If you have had had contact with a person with rubella and have had rubella previously there is no waiting period before giving blood.
If you have had contact with rubella but have not had previously had this infection, we will ask you to wait 4 weeks until the infection incubation period has elapsed.
If you have had rubella vaccination you must wait 8 weeks from the date of vaccination before donating to ensure the vaccine virus has been fully cleared.
Gilberts disease is a minor variation of normal that results in an increased level of bilirubin in blood. This condition does not affect giving blood donations.
Glandular fever is caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). You will not be able to donate for 6 months after you have recovered from glandular fever.
If you are taking a beta blocker medicine to treat glaucoma and have been taking this treatment for 4 weeks without any adverse symptoms, and your blood pressure is satisfactory, you will be able to donate. Our staff will need to review your condition.
If you are mildly affected and/or are on tablets for treatment, you may donate.
If you have an acute attack of gout or acute attacks are frequent, we will ask you to wait 2 weeks before donating.
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