How to prepare myself for blood donation

Before you donate blood, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself:

  • Eat a healthy meal: You should eat a well-balanced meal that includes plenty of iron-rich foods, such as red meat, leafy green vegetables, and beans. This will help to replenish your body's iron stores, which can be depleted during blood donation.
  • Avoid fatty or fried foods on the day of the donation. This type of food can affect your blood and interfere with the tests we do.
  • Drink plenty of fluids: Drink plenty of fluids, such as water or fruit juice, during the 24 hours before your donation. This will help to keep you hydrated and make your veins easier to find at the time of blood donation.
  • Get plenty of rest: Make sure you get a good night's sleep before your donation, and avoid exercise or strenuous activity on the day of your donation.
  • Wear comfortable clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up easily. This will make it easier for the phlebotomist to access your veins.
  • On the day of your donation
    • Have a meal within 2 hours before blood donation. If you are fasting, it is recommended that you donate blood after you break your fast
    • Bring a government-issued ID (a Civil ID, driver's license or passport) with you to your donation appointment.
    • Bring a list of all medications you take.