Convalescent plasma collection - COVID-19

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is initiating the collection of plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 from this week.

SNBTS will be collecting blood from people who have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 once they have recovered and at least 28 days have passed since their symptoms have disappeared.

Professor Marc Turner, Medical Director of SNBTS, explained “When someone recovers from COVID-19, they develop antibodies to fight the virus that causes the illness – SARS-CoV-2. These antibodies can be found in the recovered person’s plasma and should make them immune to future infections of this virus for a period of time.”

“Recent reports suggest that some patients who are ill with COVID-19 may benefit from a transfusion of plasma manufactured from blood given by eligible donors who have recovered from COVID-19. However, further work and research would need to carried out to find out how effective this would be."

“At this time, people who think that they have had Covid19 but have not been tested cannot donate for this purpose as we have no way to confirm their infection.  If that changes we will issue further advice. Existing blood donors who have recovered can donate as normal once well.”

The wellbeing of our donors, recipients and staff is our main priority and we recognise that not everyone who recovers from COVID 19 will be able to donate. As usual, our donor eligibility criteria apply to make sure that that giving blood is safe for both the donor and patient. During the Coronavirus Pandemic we have taken great care to minimise any risk and introduced measures that follow all necessary social distancing and health and safety precautions.

Find out more on the Scotblood website.

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