Who can donate
By becoming a platelet donor you will join a community of active donors across England who save lives every day.
You may be able to donate platelets if you have the right blood type, a high enough platelet count, and have given blood before.
Can you donate platelets?
We'd like to hear from you if you:
- have A negative, A positive or AB negative blood
- have given blood or platelets before
- are aged between 17 and 70 (if you are over 70 and have donated blood or platelets within the last two years, you are still eligible)
- have enough blood to donate safely
- are able to regularly spare up to 2 hours to donate at least 4 times a year
- can travel to a donor centre
Who can't donate
There are some reasons why you can't donate platelets, even if you have given blood or platelets in the past.
We are looking for people with these blood types to switch to donating platelets:
- A negative
- AB negative
- A positive
Platelets from donors with these blood types are safe to give to almost everyone and are constantly needed by hospitals.
Hospital demand may change in the future and we may need donors with other blood types to step forward.
What you should do next depends on whether you have donated before.
Once you make the switch to platelet donation you cannot continue to give blood. If you want to return to giving blood at any point, you will need to stop donating platelets first.
We can estimate your blood volume based on your height and weight.
Download this weight and height chart (44KB, PDF) to get an indication of whether you can donate.
Donating is so easy and pain free. In fact I enjoy the peace and quiet.
Natalie started giving platelets after a friend died from bowel cancer