International #MissingType Campaign

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) relies on the altruism of thousands of blood donors to ensure it continually has stocks of the correct blood type to help treat critically ill patients.  In the Western Cape alone the Service has to collect 700 units of blood daily to meet the need of patients.

During the week of 15 to 21 August 2016, WPBTS will be participating with 21 countries in an international awareness campaign to encourage more people to register as blood donors and donate blood.

WPBTS wishes their female donors a happy Women’s Month

You are kind, generous and brave. You give unselfishly of yourself to provide for your loved ones. You are a remarkable woman. Therefore the WP Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) wishes all our female donors a joyful and prosperous Women’s Month.

WPBTS is committed to the health and safety of the recipient, as well as the donor. Therefore various precautions are taken before a donor is able to donate blood. These precautions lead to women having a few extra hurdles to overcome should they wish to donate blood. 

Donate blood during Mandela Month

Mandela Day is celebrated internationally on 18 July in remembrance of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who served as our President from 1994 to 1999.  It was unanimously decided by the UN General Assembly to launch Mandela Day on Nelson Mandela’s birthday of 18 July 2009.  This day is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy – it is a global movement to honour his life’s work and change for the better.

World Blood Donor Day 2016: Blood connects us all

On 14 June 2016, Blood Services from across the globe will celebrate World Blood Donor Day.  Carrying the 2016 theme of “Blood connects us all”, this day will focus on thanking blood donors for the selfless effort they make in donating blood, as well as highlighting the dimensions of “sharing” and “connection” between blood donors and patients. 

#YouthTube2016 challenges young and aspiring filmmakers during Blood Donor Month

Blood Donor Month is celebrated annually in June with various events taking place to raise awareness for the need for safe blood. It is also a time to thank existing voluntary blood donors for their gift of life to thousands of unknown recipients.

Group O under great pressure in the Province

Group O under great pressure in the Province

The Western Cape’s group O blood supply is under severe pressure and has reached a level of a mere 1 - 2 days. 

Group O-blood is compatible with all other blood groups and most often used in cases of emergency. The decline in blood stocks can be attributed to past public holidays and long weekends, which results in limited access to blood donors.

Don’t forget to give blood during Easter

The hunt is on – not for Easter eggs – but for blood donors!  The March/April school and Easter holidays are traditionally a difficult blood collection period.  For this reason Western Cape blood donors are urged to donate blood.

Legislative Changes Regarding Blood Donors Aged 16-17

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.

WPBTS taking steps to prevent the spread of Zika virus through blood transfusion

The WP Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) adjusted its donor acceptance criteria in an effort to proactively ensure that no blood transfusion recipients will be exposed to the Zika virus.

Show your heart this February

February is known as the month of love.  This celebration of love is not at all unique to South Africa, but celebrated worldwide.  What better way to show your heart than by donating blood at one of the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service’s (WPBTS) mobile or fixed clinics during this month?

The Western Cape’s hospitals and clinics require approximately 700 units of blood per day.  As blood cannot be manufactured, WPBTS relies on the support of volunteers donating blood regularly.