On 21st July, NHS Blood and Transplant launched a campaign encouraging those who can to donate plasma for medicines which includes our immunoglobulin replacement therapy.
Donation restarted in April after a gap of more than 20 years.
There are currently only 8,627 active plasma donors in the network and NHSBT is appealing for another 14,500 people to start donating, within the next three months, so we have a pool of UK plasma for immunoglobulin manufacture.
Many of our members in England have been involved in this ‘join the donor pool’ campaign and there will be more to come over the summer months.
There are currently eleven donation centres across England, so if you know anyone* who might be interested in donating, please visit:
www.blood.co.uk/plasma or call 0300 123 23 23.
To enquire about donation centres in Wales, please contact www.welshblood.org.uk
In Scotland, please contact https://www.scotblood.co.uk/ or email email@example.com.
Plasma is not currently being collected in NI.
* There are some restrictions on who can donate plasma: (https://www.blood.co.uk/plasma/who-can-donate-plasma/).
If you don’t fit the donation guidelines, you can still help out by donating blood, as the plasma fraction will be used for immunoglobulin from mid-August.