Want to donate plasma?
Less well known, but just as important!
Approximately 55% of our blood is made up of a yellow liquid: plasma. Plasma comprises 91.5% water and 8.5% dissolved substances such as proteins, sugars, fats, salts, hormones and vitamins. These substances are vital for effective blood clotting and for fighting viruses (micro-organisms).
By donating plasma you can help people who've lost a lot of blood due to a medical emergency. Patients with blood-clotting disorders and new-born babies with severe jaundice also require plasma. Plasma is also the building block for many life-saving medicines.
Ready to give plasma? That's great news for lots of people!
- Who? Complete our donor self-assessment test donor self-assessment test and find out immediately if you're eligible to donate plasma.
- How often can I give plasma? You can give plasma every 14 days. However, you must wait for 28 days after a blood donation before you can give plasma or platelets again (as opposed to 14 days).
- How long does it take? Plasma collection takes around 45 minutes.
- What happens when I give plasma? We've put together a step-by-step guide to what to expect when you give plasma
- Where can I give plasma? As a special device is required to collect plasma, you can only donate it at a donor centre (link in Dutch).