Detailed eligibility criteria

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Ear piercing

I have just had my ears pierced. Can I still donate blood?

If you have just had your ears or any other part of your body pierced and this was performed with clean, single use (disposable) equipment by a registered health professional (e.g. a Pharmacist, GP, Dentist, etc) and any inflammation has settled completely, you can donate blood now. If the piercing was performed by any other person you will need to wait for 6 months.

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Eczema

I have eczema. Can I donate?

If the affected area is small and the venepuncture site at the front of the elbow is not affected and only an ointment or cream treatment is used, you will be able to donate. We will need to discuss your medical condition to confirm the diagnosis.

If you have severe eczema our Medical Officer will need to review your condition.

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Endometriosis

I have endometriosis. Can I donate?

If the endometriosis has settled and you have no symptoms you may donate. This applies if you are on hormone replacement treatment to control endometriosis.

If you have been treated with Danazol we will ask you to wait for three months before donating. Our Medical Officer will also review your condition.

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Endoscopy

I had an endoscopy. Can I donate?

If the endoscopy was done using a rigid endoscope, and you are now well and not needing any treatment or follow up with your doctor, you may be able to donate.

Flexible endoscopes are difficult to sterilise. If your endoscopy was done using a flexible endoscope you will have to wait for six months from the time of the procedure before you can donate (if all other criteria are met also).

If you have any queries you should call your local Donor Centre or 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) and ask to speak with a nurse to discuss your situation.

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Epilepsy

I have/had had epilepsy. Can I donate?

If you have had no fits for five years, even if on medication, you may be able to donate. Staff will need to discuss your condition with you. If you have had fits in the past three years you will not be able to donate.

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Eye drops

I am using eye drop medicines. Can I donate?

If you are taking a beta blocker medicine to treat glaucoma and have been taking this treatment for 4 weeks without any adverse symptoms, and your blood pressure is satisfactory, you will be able to donate. Our staff will need to review your condition.

If you are receiving antibiotics for an infection we will ask you to wait until seven days after the infection has settled and the antibiotic treatment completed.

If you are using other medicine eye drops, including for allergy, you may donate.

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