Convalescent Plasma Programme – Be the difference
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is leading an urgent programme on behalf of the Government to enable a planned UK medical trial that could produce a vital treatment for those with COVID-19.
The programme is seeking volunteers who had COVID-19 and are now recovering to donate plasma.
Convalescent plasma is the antibody-rich plasma of someone who has had COVID-19. It contains antibodies against the virus and can be transfused to patients with COVID-19 who are struggling to make their own immune system respond. This Plasma may help them recover from the infection and save lives.
NHSBT welcomes all plasma donations but are seeking donations in particular from recovering male patients aged 18-65. Men who have been hospitalised with COVID-19 are six times more likely to have the high antibody levels which might save lives.
Donating plasma is safe and easy and your body quickly replaces the donated antibodies. Donations are taken by NHS Blood and Transplant at one of its donor centres.
If you would like more information about donating plasma or would like to register to donate plasma, please visit https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/how-you-can-help/convalescent-plasma-clinical-trial/ or call 0300 123 23 23.
Thank you for taking the time to read this communication and we wish you a continued healthy recovery.