Become a Blood Donor

Why become a blood donor

Children hospitalised in oncology departments have great needs for blood, platelets and blood products.

The smooth progress of their treatment in the event that platelets are needed mainly depends on the:

  • Adequate supply of blood at Blood Banks.
  • Immediate response of registered donors.

How dangerous is blood donation

Blood donation is completely safe. It is painless and does not last longer than 10 minutes.

An adult has around 5 litres of blood in their body. Around 450 ml of blood is collected during a blood donation session. This is fully restored by the body very quickly, as plasma is replenished in 24 hours.

Healthy men and women aged 18-62 can donate blood 2-3 times a year without any concerns.

How to become a blood donor

To be registered as a blood and platelet donor and be called in emergencies, call on:

  • +302107452035 at the Agia Sofia Children’s Hospital Blood Bank Department.
  • +302107785105 at the P & A Kyriakou Children’s Hospital Blood Bank Department.

To find out more about blood donation go to:

  • National Blood Donor Registry (EMA).
  • National Blood Donation Centre (EKEA).

Who cannot give blood

Although blood donation is harmless for healthy adults, you cannot give blood if you:

  • Have undergone surgery or a dental procedure in the last 6 months.
  • Are pregnant or had a baby in the last 6 months.
  • Suffer from a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, anaemia, heart condition or other serious condition.
  • Got a piercing or a tattoo, or received blood in the last 12 months.
  • Suffer from hepatitis B or C, or have come into contact with people suffering from hepatitis in the last 6 months.
  • Suffer from malaria or travelled to countries with an outbreak of malaria in the last 6 months.
  • Have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, or suffer from AIDS, or have had multiple sexual partners, or engage in homosexual activities with men.
  • Have had sexual partners from Africa, SE Asia, South America or the Pacific Ocean islands in the last 10 years.
  • Have a serious allergy that prevents you from giving blood.