Recovering Birmingham coronavirus patients urged to donate convalescent plasma

Their potentially antibody-rich plasma can be transfused into seriously ill people who still struggling to develop an immune response to the virus. NHSBT is seeking help from people who have recovered from the disease and who are also able to travel to one of the donor centres across the city. To provide the maximum benefit to patients, donors will be prioritised according to who is likely make a successful donation and there may be a delay in replying to some people. In Birmingham, more than 40 people are already booked into to donate plasma this week starting today (Monday May 18). People can only donate 28 days after recovery and Birmingham had higher than average early infection rates, so there are significant number of eligible local donors. If you are a Birmingham resident who can travel to the donor centre and you have tested positive or had symptoms, donate plasma to help beat coronavirus. “We can reassure people that convalescent plasma donation is safe and easy and you could save lives.”