Detailed eligibility criteria

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Fibromyalgia

I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Can I donate?

Because the term fibromyalgia describes a variety of conditions you should call your local Donor Centre or 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) and ask to speak with a nurse to discuss your condition.

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Flu Vaccine

Food poisoning

See diarrhoea

If you have had one of the following infections you will not be able to donate whole blood for 12 weeks from full recovery: Yersinia, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella.

If the cause of the diarrhoea has not been identified and it lasted for:

  • less than 24 hours, you will be able to donate after 1 week if you remain in good health through that period,
  • 24 hours or longer, you will be able to donate after 4 weeks if you remain in good health through that period.

Contacts: If someone in your household or a close social contact has had diarrhoea lasting less than 24 hours:

  • you will be able to donate after 1 week if you remain in good health through that period.

If you have any queries about your symptoms and eligibility please call your local Donor Centre or 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) and ask to speak with a nurse.

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Fractures

I have been treated for a fracture recently. Can I donate?

If the fracture was minor we will ask you to wait one month before donating.

If you had a moderate or severe fracture involving limb or other bones, we will ask you to wait for 3-6 months depending on the nature of the injury.

If you have been discharged from follow up you will usually be able to donate. Please call your local Donor Centre or 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) and ask to speak with a nurse for further information.

If you received a blood transfusion you will need to wait for twelve months.

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Fungal infection

I have a fungal infection in my skin (foot or elsewhere). Can I donate?

If the infection is being treated with a topical ointment or cream and there is no local inflammation you will be able to donate.

If you are taking tablets for treatment we will ask you to wait until seven days after completing the treatment.

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