From time to time The ME Association is asked if people with ME/CFS can donate their blood.
The current advice from the UK National Blood Service (NBS), which has been re-checked today, is that:
‘You may give blood when you feel you are completely recovered and have no further symptoms and no treatment is required’
This NBS advice specifically applies to people with PVFS.
An NBS adviser has confirmed that this advice also applies to people with ME and CFS.
The National Blood Service can be contacted on: 0845 7711 711 (UK).
We would be interested to hear from ME/CFS contacts overseas regarding the blood donation situation in other countries. We will summarise this information in a further internet posting.
Dr Charles Shepherd
Hon Medical Adviser, ME Association