Try giving blood
Most of us can donate blood. Come and try it out!
Finland needs more blood donors. Most of us could try out giving blood, but only 3.5% of us currently donate blood. Blood donors provide vital assistance to patients, as blood products are needed by victims of accidents, cancer patients, and mothers in labour, just to name a few examples.
What’s in it for you?
- Find out your haemoglobin levels
- Find out your blood group
- Coffee and snacks
- A moment of calm and a good mood because you helped others
Here’s how you do it
- Allow about an hour for donation
- Eat and drink normally on the day of donation
- Take photo ID with you (your driving licence is fine!)
- If you feel nervous, tell one of our nurses
- Everything is better with company, so ask a friend to come with you!
Who can donate?
You can probably donate blood if:
- You are 18 or over. In Finland, the oldest age at which you can give blood for the first time is 59.
- You weigh between 50 and 199 kilograms.
- You are in good overall health. Most diseases and medications do not prevent you from giving blood. The following, among others, are not prohibited: Antihypertensives, cholesterol medications or tablet-treated diabetes.