This article will show you how to donate blood if you are unable to get a donor organ.
You can donate plasma to a family member, friend or neighbour, or give it to a friend or relative.
The donation will normally be done in your own home, so you will need to check the donor’s privacy settings.
The easiest way to donate is through a family doctor, who will give you details about the donor.
They will also give you a list of blood banks that will accept your plasma.
If you don’t want to donate directly to a blood bank, you can donate to a private hospital.
You will need the following: a blood donor licence If you are a non-U.S. resident and have been registered with a charity or an international charity, you will be able to donate through a private donor licence.
You must have a private licence if you have one and have any health conditions that could cause your organs to fail.
You also need to sign a consent form.
If your licence is cancelled, you cannot donate.
You need a licence if the person donating has a disability, has been in hospital for longer than 18 months, or has died.
You do not need to be registered as a private person to donate to your family.
If the person who donated is deceased, you must be registered.
To donate to family members, you need a donor licence if they are aged over 18 and have lived in the same household for two or more years.
The licence will need: the donor must be in their own home (no living relatives) and have a kidney donation plan