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Blood donation rules relaxed

People with diabetes are now able to give blood after changes to the UK blood service rules.

Diabetic patients who are not being treated with insulin, have not had their medication altered in the past four weeks and are not suffering from any complications, are now eligible to give blood (PDF 85K). Changes have also been made allowing patients with hypertension (PDF 85K) to give blood, within certain criteria.

Patients can check their eligibility to give blood by calling 08457 711 711 or on the internet.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10033404

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