Can I give blood? - IBTS

Can I give blood?

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Below is a list of the main criteria that may affect someone’s eligibility to become a blood donor. However please note they may be other less common reasons why you may not be able to give blood, which may be only identified at clinic.

If you have any queries about donating, please feel free to contact us on 1850 731137

 

Below is a list of the main criteria that may affect someone’s eligibility to become a blood donor. However please note they may be other less common reasons why you may not be able to give blood, which may be only identified at clinic.

If you have any queries about donating, please feel free to contact us on 1850 731137

 

For those 65 and older,

  • if you are between 65 and 69 years and have given blood in the last 10 years then you can give blood.
  • if you are 70 years or over and you have given blood in the last 2 years and you have a certificate of fitness from your GP, you can give blood. The certificate is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

If you weigh less than 50 kgs you are unable to donate at this time. If you weigh more than 130 kgs you are unable to give blood at a mobile blood donor clinic. However, the weight bearing capacity of the donation beds in D'Olier St and Stillorgan Clinics is higher. Please phone us for further information at 1850731137.

If you are a female under 26 years of age and are less than 5ft 6 inches (168cms) in height and less than 10st 3lb (65 kgs) your height and weight will need to be assessed to establish your eligibility to donate. 

You cannot donate during pregnancy and for 12 months after your pregnancy.

Some medications can be harmful to a patient receiving a blood transfusion. You may not be able to donate if you are taking medication to treat an illness or infection. In general, you must be fully recovered from an illness or infection and have completed the course of medication before donating. Certain medical conditions require long term use of medication. Please note, not all medications prevent donation - please contact us at 1850 731137 for further information. Please ensure that you know the name of any medication you are currently taking or have taken in the past 4 weeks so that we can assess your eligibility to donate.  

A man who has had oral or anal sex with another man in the past 12 months will still not be eligible to donate, even if he used a condom. This means that a man whose last sexual contact with another man was more than 12 months ago will be eligible to donate if he meets the other donor selection criteria.  

You cannot donate if you have any illness or injury in the last 2 weeks which may mean that it is not safe to give your blood to a sick patient. Please contact us on 1850 731 137 so that we can advise you.

You can not donate if you have ever had syphillis or gonorhoea. You can donate 5 years after complete recovery and conclusion of treatment for other STIs.

You cannot donate for 4 months from the date of the tattoo or the piercing.

Travel outside of Ireland carries a risk of transmitting an illness such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, and Dengue virus (among others) to sick patients. Following return from a Malarial risk area, you cannot donate for 12 months. Following return from a tropical area, you cannot donate for 3 months Following return from a country or area that is not tropical and has no risk of Malaria you may need to wait for up to 28 days after return before donating - please contact us at 1850 731137 for further information.

You cannot donate if you had an endoscopy (scope) in the last 4 months. If you were diagnosed with a medical condition or illness, please contact us on 1850 731 137 so that we can advise you.

You can donate if you received a blood transfusion in the Republic of Ireland before 1st January 1980 (depending on the reason for the transfusion - please contact us on 1850 731 137 so that we can advise you). If you received a transfusion after this date you cannot donate blood. However, if you received an autologous transfusion (your own blood) you can donate after 12 months.

You have answered some of the questions that you will be asked when you come to donate blood. However please note they may be other reasons why you may not be eligible to donate. We cannot go through all of them here, but we will do so with you in detail at the blood donor clinic. If you have any questions or queries about donating, please feel free to contact us on 1850 731137.