I’m Ready to donate

Donating blood for the first time? Been awhile since you made your last donation? Unsure of what to do? Here are some pointers on how you can prepare for your blood donation.

Diet:

Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, leafy greens, beans, iron-fortified cereals, eggs and raisins.

Sleep:

It’s important to get a good night’s sleep before blood donation.

Hydrate:

Drink plenty of water or juice in the days before donation and extra 3 non-alcoholic drinks In the 3 hours leading up to your donation which will help prepare your body for an extra loss of fluids.

Eat a healthy meal before donating:

Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, leafy greens, beans, iron-fortified cereals, eggs and raisins.

Avoid Alcohol:

Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours before blood donation.

Avoid Aspirin:

If you are a platelet donor, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days before donation. If you are on any other medications it is important to continue taking these as prescribed.

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