Here's what you need to know about coronavirus antibody blood plasma donation
COVID-19 convalescent plasma is being collected at NHSBT’s 23 donor centres around the country, and five pop-up donor centres. London, Greater Manchester and Birmingham are priority areas for donation.
Donation takes about 45 minutes and all donations are tested for COVID antibodies. Your body usually replaces the plasma you’ve donated in 24-48 hours and also quickly replaces the donated antibodies.
Around 16,000 donations have been taken so far and around 230 people have received plasma transfusions. Plasma is being collected and stored at a large scale so that if the trials show patient benefit, there are significant stocks ready for immediate use. Preliminary trial results are expected later this year.
Plasma donations are being taken in: Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridge, Edgware, Gloucester, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Stratford, Bexleyheath, Twickenham, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Poole, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke, Tooting, and London’s West End.
If you’ve had confirmed coronavirus or the symptoms, you can find more information about volunteering to donate plasma here.