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NHSBT Convalescent Plasma

NHSBT Convalescent Plasma

Materials to communicate the NHSBT CONVALESCENT PLASMA programme during the "Alert" phase of the Covid-19 campaign.

Please note these assets are cleared for use in England only.

  • NHS Blood and Transplant is collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma for a major coronavirus treatment trial, and if the trial is successful, widespread use in hospitals.
  • Convalescent plasma is the antibody-rich plasma of people who have recovered can be transfused into people who are struggling to develop their own immune response.

By donating plasma, you could save lives.

  • Men are especially needed as donors because they are more likely to have the antibody rich plasma which can save lives
  • Asian people also tend to have higher antibody levels because they are worse hit by the virus. However this does mean that once they recover they are better placed to help others.
  • Donation is safe and easy. It takes about 45 minutes. Your body usually replaces the plasma you’ve donated in 24-48 hours. Your body quickly replaces the antibodies and people can donate plasma as often as every two weeks.
  • During plasma donation, your red blood cells are returned to you. This means you can carry on with daily life easily.
  • NHSBT’s Clinical Trial’s Unit is collaborating with the REMAP-CAP and RECOVERY trials. The trials will investigate whether transfusions may improve a patient’s speed of recovery and chances of survival.
  • If you’ve recovered from coronavirus, please offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 or completing the online form at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

Updated on 26/08/2020