Plasma for Medicines

NHS Blood and Transplant are looking for males aged 18 to 65 to donate plasma. Plasma is a blood product that can be turned into medicines with the potential to save lives and ease symptoms associated with a range of debilitating health conditions
NHS Blood and Transplant. Plasma for Medicines

The NHS Blood and Transplant service needs your help. In April, they began collecting blood plasma from donations to make vital antibody-based medicines and they urgently need more people to make donations. These medicines – called immunoglobulins will help thousands of people with immune diseases.  

There are many different types of conditions the medicines will be used to treat, including those with a low mature red blood cell count which can happen after radiotherapy and chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

Donating plasma is safe and easy, the plasma is filtered out of circulating blood by an apheresis machine and the red blood cells are returned to the donor. Plasma donation is very similar to blood donation, they both help people, just in different ways. 

Due to the size and structure of veins needed to make a donation, we are currently inviting males aged 18-65 to consider giving blood plasma at their local plasma centre. 

By taking a few simple steps to help you will be making a real and lasting impact on the lives of so many patients. 

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