Question: Becoming a blood/organ donor?

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Wallis96
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Hi, I'll be going to university in the UK (2014 entry) as an international student. I've done some research but there are no concrete answers online - does anyone know how, or if, I can go about becoming a blood and organ donor as an Indian citizen residing in the UK on a student visa?

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Also, sorry if this is in the wrong forum - I wasn't sure if it fell under health or uni life!
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You'll have to wait for six months after you get here before you can donate; information here on blood.co.uk. If you're planning on returning home regularly it may not be possible.

You'd be able to join the organ donor register, and perhaps bone marrow register, at a blood session, and if you ever need to ask anything about donation in the UK the people on the end of the phone are very helpful. Have a good look around blood.co.uk.

Hope that helps!
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Just to add, if you are eligible to donate blood, then you're probably also eligible to donate bone marrow. Joining the bone marrow register is, for you, probably going to be even more useful than donating blood, because there's a particularly acute shortage of ethnic minority bone marrow donors in the UK; I knew a girl who died because she couldn't get a bone marrow donor because she was from an ethnic minority and they couldn't find a match.

http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow/
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(Original post by TashTLM)
You'll have to wait for six months after you get here before you can donate; information here on blood.co.uk. If you're planning on returning home regularly it may not be possible.

You'd be able to join the organ donor register, and perhaps bone marrow register, at a blood session, and if you ever need to ask anything about donation in the UK the people on the end of the phone are very helpful. Have a good look around blood.co.uk.

Hope that helps!
Thank you so much! Definitely did help
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(Original post by Origami Bullets)
Just to add, if you are eligible to donate blood, then you're probably also eligible to donate bone marrow. Joining the bone marrow register is, for you, probably going to be even more useful than donating blood, because there's a particularly acute shortage of ethnic minority bone marrow donors in the UK; I knew a girl who died because she couldn't get a bone marrow donor because she was from an ethnic minority and they couldn't find a match.

http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow/
I didn't even realise there was such a thing as a bone marrow registry! But I will definitely endeavour to get on it once I get to the UK. Thank you for your help
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