There is a New Year’s resolution you can commit to! Donate Blood!

January is the month when we reflect on the previous year and make New Year’s resolutions.  It’s a time for new challenges and breaking old habits.  Make blood donation one of your New Year’s resolutions and commit to donating blood at least four times in 2018.  This is a resolution that’s easily achievable and you can save up to 12 people’s lives with four donations!

The battle to the Top 10 blood donations schools

New youth donors are vital to the sustainability of the WPBTS blood donor database, as each year the need for blood and blood products rise and we therefore need to increase our active donor base. WPBTS forges good ties with educational institutions and set up blood donation clinics at them. The majority of schools host blood donation clinics once every term. 

The best holiday drive is a blood drive!

Many of us are gearing up for the festive season which is upon us.  We are planning our routes and filling up our vehicles to take on the long roads.  We can’t wait to arrive at our favourite place of relaxation to just kick back for a few days with friends and family.  The Blood Service, however, will be entering one of its most difficult collection periods.

Our October edition of Blood Buzz is here

Our October edition of Blood Buzz is here. Read more about our latest news, blood donors, recipients, the youth, and much more.

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Bring-A-Buddy along to your next donation during October

Statistics indicate that there are approximately 6.5 million people living in the Western Cape, while less than 1.5% of the population in the Western Cape are blood donors.   

This is a worrying statistic for the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS).  “As the population in the Western Cape is growing and access to medical care is becoming more accessible, we need more blood donors to meet the demand for safe blood and blood products”, says Marlize van der Merwe, WPBTS Corporate Public Relations Officer. 

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The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) needs to collect 700 units of blood daily to meet the needs of patients in the Western Cape and with less than 1.5% of the provincial population donating, it remains a constant challenge.  Even in this technologically advanced era, there is still no artificial replacement for blood.

Critically low blood stock in the Province

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) has been hard at work during National Blood Donor Month to ensure that a blood shortage is avoided. However, with all efforts in place it seems that the cold and wet weather is keeping donors away.

When and where is no longer an excuse. Download the WP Blood App this World Blood Donor Day.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) is celebrating World Blood Donor Day with various other countries on 14 June. This celebration serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, as well as thank donors for their remarkable life-saving gift. 

We know you have a heart. Donate blood this National Blood Donor Month.

The WP Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) is a non-profit, independent, health care organisation that works throughout the Western Cape to collect and supply safe, sufficient blood to all communities of the region.  It’s one of two Blood Services in South Africa and the only one of its kind in the Western Cape.

16- and 17-year-olds no longer need Parental Consent to donate blood in the Western Cape

On 01 March 2012 all the provisions of the National Health Act, Act 61 of 2003, (“the Act”) came into effect and accordingly the Minister in terms of section 90(1) read with section 68(1) promulgated Regulation GNR. 180 of 2 March 2012: Regulations: General control of human bodies, tissue, blood, blood products and gametes (Government Gazette No.35099) (“Regulation 180”). In terms of Regulation 180 read with section 56 of the Act, blood may not be withdrawn from persons under the age of 18 years (“minors”) without consent from the parent/guardian of minors.