Before Donation - Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Before Donation

Check your eligibility prior to attending the clinic

An illness or injury, however minor, may mean it is not safe to give your blood to a sick patient.  Certain medications can also be harmful to patients. Therefore it is important that you are well and healthy when you come to donate blood.  Recent travel may also mean that you may not be eligible to donate. When you attend a clinic you will have an opportunity to speak in confidence with a nurse but if you have any queries in relation to your health or travel history you can contact the IBTS Donorline at 1850 731 137. Information is also available in the ‘Can I give blood’ section.

 

Reduce your risk of fainting

Drinking plenty of cold, non-alcoholic fluids in the 24 hours prior to donating and eating savoury food and / or salty snacks the night before donation will greatly reduce the risk of fainting during or after donating. In addition, please ensure you eat something substantial in the 3 hours prior to your donation.

 

Children on clinics

Please note our new health and safety regulations in relation to children attending with a donating adult.  Due to the potential risk of a donor experiencing an adverse reaction during or after donating, a donating adult cannot be the sole supervisor of any child who is under 13 years of age. Please ensure that there is another adult designated to supervise any child who is less than 13 years of age during each part of the donation process.

 

Allow enough time

Although a donation only takes approximately 8 minutes, you will need to allow 60-90 minutes for the entire process, i.e. from the time you register to resting afterwards while enjoying refreshments.  Appointments are available in Dublin (D’Olier Street and Stillorgan clinics) and Cork (St Finbarr's Hospital).