Patients

Reasons for a transfusion

There are all sorts of reasons someone might need a transfusion including cancer, childbirth and anaemia.

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Receiving a transfusion

Know what to expect on the day and what questions you should ask your doctor before you get your transfusion.

What to expect
Types of transfusion

Not all transfusions are the same. Red cells, platelets and plasma all treat different conditions.

See what they are
Avoid a transfusion

Like any medical procedure, transfusion isn’t without risks. Sometimes, avoiding a transfusion is the best way forward.

How to avoid it
Blood for transfusion

The journey of blood is really incredible – it comes from our generous donors, and passes through our processing centres and labs on its way to you.

Find out how
Further resources

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out these handy resources for more about transfusion and safety.

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Hayley's story

It takes me about a day to get back up after a treatment. I feel amazing. It’s probably what feels normal to everyone else, but it feels special to me.

Hayley, plasma recipient

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