Blood, plasma and platelet donors are being urged by the NHS to keep attending their appointments as normal if they are fit and healthy, regardless of whether they live in Tier 4 or Tier 3 areas.
Giving blood and plasma is classed as essential travel and donation sessions will stay open, with appointments remaining as normal.
The reminder follows a fresh appeal from NHS Blood and Transplant for blood and platelet donors to make an appointment over the New Year if they don’t already have one.
Donors are also asked to keep to their appointment if they can, to help build blood stocks ahead of a potentially challenging winter period.
An extra 1,500 units of blood is currently needed every week and extra appointments have been added across the country to help meet this need.
Permanent donor centres in major towns and cities generally have the best appointment availability.
Extra safety measures are in place. Donors are triaged with a temperature check on arrival.
Hand gels and handwashing facilities are available, donors are spaced apart and staff are doing extra cleaning. Staff and donors must also wear face coverings.
Donors are reminded to follow all relevant Government transport guidance when making a journey to give blood.
You can book an appointment and check the latest guidance on Covid-19 and giving blood by calling 0300 123 23 23, downloading the NHS Give Blood app, or visiting the website blood.co.uk.