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Safety of blood donors, staff, and patients remain a top priority for WCBS

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) would like to assure blood donors that donating blood is safe and that employees and blood donors remain our top priorities. The WCBS has therefore introduced further precautionary measures to ensure the safety of blood donors and employees as the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop.

Happy Nurses Day 2020

To all the nurses out there: happy Nurses Day!

The WCBS assures blood donors that donating blood is safe

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) would like to assure donors that donating blood is safe.

There is currently no reason to suspect that COVID-19 can be transmitted through blood transfusion. This is based on the fact that respiratory viruses, in general, are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion-transmitted coronavirus.

The WCBS encourages blood donation amidst Coronavirus concerns

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) would like to appeal to all our healthy donors to please continue to donate blood. The WCBS would like to assure donors that donating blood is safe. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) cannot be transmitted through a blood transfusion as respiratory viruses are generally not known to be transmitted by donation or transfusion. Blood donor screening, which includes travel self-deferrals, are already in place to prevent individuals who may be at risk of clinical respiratory infections from donating blood. The WCBS does not test for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

#ShareYourHeart this February!

February is the month we celebrate love in all its glory. The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) could think of no better way to celebrate the month by donating blood.

When you donate blood during February tag yourself on our Instagram page @thewcbs with the hashtag #ShareYourHeart. We would love to see as many of our donors’ photographs as possible. The WCBS will give donors two heart-shaped lollipops as a token of appreciation when they donate during the month of February; one for you and one to share with a loved one.

Make a difference in 2020

If giving back in 2020 is a top priority for you, start by donating blood. Committing to four donations during 2020 could save up to 12 lives - every unit of whole blood is separated into three lifesaving parts; red cell, platelets and plasma.

"Thank you to all our blood donors for their support during 2019 and specifically during the school holidays, we managed to receive 13 987 blood donations over this time. This resulted in 41 961 lives saved", says Michelle Vermeulen, Head of Marketing and PR for the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS). 

Western Cape’s top ten blood donor schools 2019

Spine Road High from Mitchell’s Plain ranked first on the Western Cape Blood Services’ (WCBS) list of top donor schools for 2019, for the third year in a row. Learners and staff collectively donated 619 units of blood, increasing their contribution by 82 units from last year. The school also enrolled the highest number of new donors, with 226 signing up this year.

“Young people play a vital role in the maintenance of our blood supplies – we are hugely grateful for those schools and institutions where we conduct regular blood drives,” says WCBS Education Officer, Marike Gevers.

WCBS Donor Awards 2019

This past weekend we hosted our annual Donor Awards, celebrating the milestone donations of our highest achieving blood donors of the past year from the Cape Metro. Between all the donors who attended the awards, they have donated 18,975 units of whole blood and platelets between them.

The highlight of the evening included honouring Mr Kenneth Saunders, who celebrated his 475th milestone donation. 

Turn November into Ovember

The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) is turning the month of November into Ovember and is therefore appealing to new and regular donors, especially the O blood group donors to donate to keep blood stocks at a 5 day level.