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How long does giving blood take?

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I am interested in giving blood for the first time but was wondering what time scale I would need free to be able to do this. How long is the needle in your arm too? Is it as painful as people think… Read More
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
I am interested in giving blood for the first time but was wondering what time scale I would need free to be able to do this.
How long is the needle in your arm too? Is it as painful as people think?
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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1 Like #1
Its easy and not painfull at all it takes about an hour with sit down drink and biscuit and its very worthwhile. I have been donating for while but can't at the moment as I am on long term antibiotics.
banned 1 Like #2
I have never done it but it is a lovely thing for you to do.

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http://www.blood.co.uk/
1 Like #3
go for it ! my OH nearly died at 41 last year - you'll never know what a difference it will make to someone !

In my experience it takes about an hour all in - but that includes filling in a form-having your hb checked with a pin , giving blood and the cup of tea at our local place. Expect everywhere is different.

It is abit uncomfirtable at first - they put a cold spray on now at our place so you don't feel the needle.

Go for it - Give Blood volunteers are superstars !
1 Like #4
Takes approx. 40 mins including tea and biscuits afterwards. Needle in arm time is dependant on how fast you bleed! They do give you a piece of wood to squeeze on if you are a slow bleeder.
#5
Thanks :) I have always said that if anyone in my family would need blood that we would hope they could get it, so I feel its only right that I give some back.
My sister needed blood as a newborn to stay alive.

I will have a look at that link and see where my nearest place is to do it :)
#6
EDD
Takes approx. 40 mins including tea and biscuits afterwards. Needle in arm time is dependant on how fast you bleed! They do give you a piece of wood to squeeze on if you are a slow bleeder.


:w00t: That all sounds a bit freaky lol Honestly though thanks for the advice i will be definatly looking into doing it this week sometime
#7
dont have anything booked for the evening, esp. going out to drink, alcohol should be off the menu for at elast 24 hours. Also avoid vigorous excercise afterwards!!!
#8
The longest bit is the qeueing and waiting. Some of that has been reduced by the appointment system. I'd say allow 15mins waiting, 15 mins to give blood, 15mins to have a drink and biscuit. If its your first time they may want you to lie down for a bit longer (maybe 10mins) to make sure you are okay.

It will help if you don't look at the needle if its your first time. Generally its not painful although if you have veins that are difficult to get to it can be a little bit (in which case use the other arm next time)
To be honest giving blood samples at the Docs or hospital is more painful than giving blood. If you are really worried you can ask for a local anaesthetic
#9
gari189
To be honest giving blood samples at the Docs or hospital is more painful than giving blood. If you are really worried you can ask for a local anaesthetic


This is what is putting me off, as I always find the drs blood samples painful :oops: I will do it when my husband is off to have the baby, Good excuse to relax at home too :whistling:
#10
I give at work and it takes about 30-40mins but we book a slot so theres no waiting around. Doesn't hurt but the needle can sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable but completely bearable. Get yourself on the bone marrow register too, if i remember correctly they take a small extra sample to send away for testing and thats it, you could save someones life and thats got to be worth it. :-D
#11
Well done, been giving since I was 18 and the staff will help put you at ease especially as it's your first time. To make sure you don't waste your time going and are maybe unable to donate, have a read through the donor check list to see if you will be free to donate. http://www.blood.co.uk/can-i-give-blood/donor-health-check/

Best of luck and good on you for making the decision to start donating, so many people owe their lives to the service!
#12
Ive moved onto giving blood platelets now, when i last donated blood the wait was the longets part. If you havnt booked it could take a couple off hours. In Plymouth they have a unit where i give platelets and they take blood there. They may have a similar unit near you. You can book the appointment when it suit at these places, and saves the waiting.
#13
Goonieman
I give at work and it takes about 30-40mins but we book a slot so theres no waiting around. Doesn't hurt but the needle can sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable but completely bearable. Get yourself on the bone marrow register too, if i remember correctly they take a small extra sample to send away for testing and thats it, you could save someones life and thats got to be worth it. :-D


You can also donate platelets which takes an hours bleed (didn't know what else to call it lol) and you help 12 people with your pint.
#14
queenlush
You can also donate platelets which takes an hours bleed (didn't know what else to call it lol) and you help 12 people with your pint.


I don't think they do this when i give, we just use the blood mobile so maybe its not equipped? what does it involve?

EDIT: To the OP, if your worried about it hurting, you can get a small anesthetic jab beforehand.
1 Like #15
Goonieman
I don't think they do this when i give, we just use the blood mobile so maybe its not equipped? what does it involve?


You can only give these at special units. Its only men that can give these. You have to have a sample off blood taken for them to test if you are suitable. You can give these every four weeks. Ill find a link for you.
http://www.blood.co.uk/platelets/
#16
i will be looking into doing this after ive had baby never done it b4 but someone told me if u are oneg(which i am) u can give it to any blood group
#17
queenlush
You can also donate platelets which takes an hours bleed (didn't know what else to call it lol) and you help 12 people with your pint.


I have given platelets but this has to be done at one of the main centres as the machine is fixed and not portable. The filter your blood and remove the platelets.
#18
edjaned
i will be looking into doing this after ive had baby never done it b4 but someone told me if u are oneg(which i am) u can give it to any blood group


I am A- so a little bit more unusual (But not much)
banned#19
mikebike
I am A- so a little bit more unusual (But not much)


You are special :thumbsup:
#20
leecroot
You can only give these at special units. Its only men that can give these. You have to have a sample off blood taken for them to test if you are suitable. You can give these every four weeks. Ill find a link for you.
http://www.blood.co.uk/platelets/


Very true as you have to have the bulk to cope with it ( I am not fat!!!)
#21
leecroot
You can only give these at special units. Its only men that can give these. You have to have a sample off blood taken for them to test if you are suitable. You can give these every four weeks. Ill find a link for you.
http://www.blood.co.uk/platelets/


Thanks for the info, theres not a center near me though.
#22
mikebike
Very true as you have to have the bulk to cope with it ( I am not fat!!!)


Im a bit husky! But there are thin blokes there when i give. I was on the machine for an hour and a half last time i gave.
#23
mikebike
I have given platelets but this has to be done at one of the main centres as the machine is fixed and not portable. The filter your blood and remove the platelets.


I never knew it was just for men ! My hubby is the blood donating hero in our house.
#24
Goonieman
Thanks for the info, theres not a center near me though.


Yes i live in Torquay and its just under an 80 mile round trip! I dont mind as it can save a life. Apparantly they can actually match my donation to an individual that needs them.

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