PREM Bank: Eligible to donate

Are you eligible to donate?

Thank you for your offer to become a milk donor for the Perron Rotary Express Milk (PREM) Bank at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). To ensure that your donated milk will be safe for the very premature babies we feed, we need to ask you questions relating to your personal health and lifestyle. These questions are similar to those asked when you want to become a blood donor. We ask that you be as accurate and honest as you can with your answers.  Any information given is strictly confidential.You are unable to donate if you:
  • have been declined as a blood donor for a medical reason (other than pregnancy or nursing)
  • have tested positive for HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis or have a history of cancer
  • have injected drugs not prescribed by a doctor
  • have lived or travelled to the UK between 1980 -1996 for six months or more
  • smoke or use tobacco products (including nicotine patches or gum)
  • regularly consume more than two standard alcoholic drinks per day
  • regularly consume more than 750ml (three cups) of tea, coffee, cola or stimulant soft drinks per day.
In addition, you may not be able to donate if you are taking herbal supplements or other medication. Please inform the PREM Bank staff when attending further screening. 

You may be unable to donate breast milk if, in the last 12 months, you have:
  • had close contact (cohabitation or intimate contact) with someone with hepatitis, or someone at risk of AIDS or HIV (including haemophiliacs and IV drug users)
  • had ear or body piercing
  • had a tattoo or permanent makeup
  • have had an accidental needle stick injury.
You may not be able to donate in the four-week period following Rubella vaccination. Please inform PREM Bank staff when attending further screening. 

After reading these exclusions please phone or email the PREM Bank if you think you may be eligible to donate.


This publication is for general education and information purposes. Contact a qualified healthcare professional for any medical advice needed. 

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Last Updated: 29/01/2020