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Can I Give Platelets?

You may be suitable to become a platelet donor if you:

1)                  You are blood group O, A,B or AB
2)                  You are between 18 and 59 years old
3)                  You weigh over 9 st 7lbs (60kgs)

You cannot become a platelet donor if:

1)                  You have ever received a blood transfusion
2)                  You are a female who has ever been pregnant
3)                  You require to take aspirin or anti-inflammatories regularly

Note: You do not need to give blood first to become a platelet donor.  However, if you have not given blood in Ireland in the last 5 years you may not give platelets on your first visit to the platelet clinic.  In this case you will first give samples for testing and for assessing your suitability to become a platelet donor.

Next Steps

In order to become a platelet donor you must first attend for an assessment interview.  This simple process includes a blood sample to ensure your own platelet count is suitable for this type of donation. 

Safety

All blood safety precautions that apply to blood donation also apply to platelet donation. Please read our section on Keeping Blood Safe for more information.

Other ways to help

If you find that you are not eligible to become a platelet donor, please consider giving blood or joining the Irish Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry.

National Blood Centre, James's Street, Dublin 8.       Tel: 00 353 1 4322800       Fax: 00 353 1 4322930