Blood donation following acupuncture
Patients who have received acupuncture are still able to give blood providing they meet certain criteria. The National Blood Service guidelines are explained here.
National Blood Service (NBS) Guidelines
1. Patients must not donate (obligatory):
If the condition for which treatment was given is not acceptable to the NBS.
If it is less than 4 months since treatment was completed for that condition.
2. Patients may donate (discretionary):
If acupuncture has been performed under the NHS.
If acupuncture has been performed outside the NHS by a qualified Healthcare Professional registered with a statutory body.
The following are statutory bodies:
General Medical Council (GMC)
General Dental Council (GDC)
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Health and Care Professions Council (HPC)
General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
Click here to go to the National Blood Service website
This information is correct as of the 22 February 2010.
A draft statement for issue by BMAS members who meet the above criteria for practitioners is available on request from the BMAS London Office.