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 In terms of Regulation 180 read with section 56 of the Act, blood may not be withdrawn from persons under the age of 18 years (“minors”) without consent from the parent/guardian of minors.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. 

Thank you for having a heart and donating blood during the Festive Season

The WP Blood Transfusion Service wishes to thank its blood donors for the support received during the Festive Season.

“We received remarkable support from the Western Cape, permanent residents and visitors alike,” says Marlize van der Merwe, WPBTS Spokesperson.

WPBTS challenges you to donate blood four times during 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  WPBTS wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2016. 

A new year creates time for reflection of the past year and a new year inspires new challenges.  These challenges become New Year’s Resolutions – what do we want to achieve, what do we want to change and what do we need to do to reach these ideals. 

We know you have a heart. Donate blood.

It’s this time of the year again – a time for giving, a time for sharing and a time to spend with those you love.

This is also a time of the year in which many patients across the province wish to spend the Festive Season with their loved ones.  Through donating blood, you can make this a reality for many of those patients. 

WPBTS challenges you to #KeepTheBeatGoing

Did you know that less than 1.5% of Western Cape residents donate blood? That is an alarming statistic, considering our rapidly growing population and increasing demands.

Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) needs to increase their donor base by at least 3.5% this season just to meet the demand, and they need your help to achieve that goal.

Notice: WPBTS Paternity Testing Laboratory Closure

After many years of performing paternity testing, WPBTS will be discontinuing this service, effective 30 October 2015.

The closure is due to increasingly prohibitive costs which have resulted in the Paternity Laboratory operating at a substantial loss. 

WPBTS Bring-A-Buddy Campaign

The 2011 Census results indicated that there are over five million people staying within the Western Cape.  However, less than 1.2% 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 ever increasing and access to medical care is becoming easier, we need more blood donors to fulfill in the demand for safe blood and blood products”, says Marlize van der Merwe, WPBTS Corporate Public Relations Officer and Spokesperson. 

Notice: Change to the examination deferral period

Previously donors who wrote examinations were not able to donate blood within seven days of writing the examination paper.  This however, has now changed.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) have decided to shorten the examination deferral time to two days (48 hours) preceding an exam.  Learners and students will therefore be able to donate blood up until two days before writing an exam.