Like in all other countries, blood donation in Spain is needed to help support medical treatments such as blood transfusions, emergency treatment and surgeries for their citizens. Especially after emergency situations similar to that which swept through southern-eastern Spain last week.
The process of the blood donation itself lasts only 10 minutes in which 450 ml are collected (equating to 10 per cent of the total blood circulation of an adult person)
It is a safe procedure with minimal side effects, and every precaution is taken by medical staff for the health of the donor.
If you want to donate blood in Spain you can do this at your local hospital or health centre, who will be happy to provide all the information.
It can also be done through the Spanish Red Cross which operates a number of mobile units specifically for these donations. (Helpline: Donate blood 900 506 819)
For information on organ donation in Andalusia, please visit the website.
If it is your first time donating, you should take an identity card. This could be a DNI, NIE, passport or driving license. If you are already registered with the blood bank, take your donor card or an identity card with your first name and surname on it.
It might be worth keeping in mind that anyone who has lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 will not be able to donate blood in Spain due to the risk of transmitting mad cow disease. However, each region may have different rules about donation. It’s best to check with your nearest blood bank or drop in and speak to a profesional