Could your blood plasma save a life?
If you have had COVID-19 you could potentially help other patients fight it by donating your blood plasma.
Once you have recovered from COVID, you hold the ingredients to defeat it. NHS Blood Transfusion (NHSBT) are currently looking at how the antibodies in blood plasma could help vulnerable COVID patients.
28 days after your COVID recovery, you can donate your blood plasma and potentially save someone’s life in the process.
The research by NHSBT looks at the part blood plasma could play in supporting high risk groups such as the elderly and people with cancer who may struggle to develop their own immune response to the virus.
Donations are vital to this ongoing lifesaving research, which gives us a better understanding of how we can best treat patients with COVID-19 and help prevent deaths in the future.
Ann and Kugan’s story
Plasma recipient Ann meets her donor Kugan for the first time.
Who can donate?
Anyone who has had COVID-19 can offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 or completing the online form on the NHSBT’s website.
However, if you are male and have received hospital care you are around six times more likely to have the high antibody levels which might save lives.
Making a donation is painless and only takes about 45 minutes.
A donation centre is located within easy reach and is based at John Smith Stadium, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG.