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What is the blood donation process?

The blood donation process can be broken down into three steps: Registration When you arrive at the National Blood Collecting Centre, a blood-collecting technician will ask you some confidential questions about your health and lifestyle. The information obtained will be…

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How often can I donate?

You can donate every 3 months. That equates to approximately 4 times each year. Platelets can also be donated more often than a whole unit of blood.

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How quickly does my body replace the blood I donate?

Your blood volume is restored within several minutes to a few hours; plasma proteins are fully restored following a meal or hot or cold beverage. Your red blood cells replace themselves more slowly; however, the red cell volume is restored…

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How long does it take?

The entire process from screening through recovery takes approximately 1 hour. The actual donation takes between 5 and 12 minutes.

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