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Giving blood

Updated on 26th June 2013 at 9:03 am

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 Blood Donation Sessions

If you’ve never given blood before you’ll probably wonder what Blood Donation Sessions are and what happens there. They can take place at regular intervals at your local community centre, church, sports club or even daily at one of 24 permanent sites across England & North Wales. Rothbury holds sessions in the Jubilee Institute, Rothbury, Morpeth, NR66 1TN. They are also held in Northumberland Hall, Market Square, Alnwick, NE66 1TN and Morpeth Storey Park Community Centre, Morpeth, NE61 2QF. Please visit the website below to find a session and venue to suit you. At all Blood Donation Sessions you will see highly skilled blood collection team including an NHS registered nurse, who will all take great care of you.

You can book an appointment to attend by calling the Helpline on 0300 123 23 23 or book online. You can also just walk in without an appointment, but unfortunately there will be no guarantee how long your wait will be. Be prepared to be there for about an hour in total, especially if it’s your first time as you’ll get a bit more care and attention.

You’ll be asked to complete a few simple questions about your medical history and lifestyle to make sure it is safe for you to donate and safe for a recipient to receive your blood. From there you’ll have your iron levels tested by a simple finger prick test; this is to make sure you have enough iron in your blood to donate. You’ll then be called to a donation bed where you’ll sit back and relax to give your donation in the knowledge you are helping to save or improve someone’s life.

www.blood.co.uk