This service allows prospective patients who are to undergo elective surgery or have chronic red cell transfusion requirements to recruit family and friends who have compatible blood groups to donate blood for them. This request must be made by the patient's clinician through formal referral (see a link to the referral documents below) and the decision to donate must be entirely voluntary.
Designated single donor platelet donations can also be requested when HLA-matched platelet products are required. This request typically arises when there is suspicion of platelet antibodies in patients whose platelet counts fails to increment followimg transfusion, and other causes have been excluded (eg. fever, infection or splenomegaly). The patient's clinician must request HLA-typing of their patient via their own tissue immunology laboratory and these results are sent to the South African Bone Marrow Registry for matching with a donor. The donor's contact details are then forwarded to the WCBS Apheresis Unit who will try to locate them to establish if they are eligible and willing to donate. The procedure involves the donor being placed on an apheresis machine for about 90 minutes.
Designated donors must comply with the general blood donor acceptance criteria and undergo mandatory donation testing, although TPHA reactive or cross-reactive donations may be issued with permission from the WCBS CEO/Medical Director in consultation with the patient's clinician.
All designated blood donations from first and second degree relatives must be gamma-irradiated in order to prevent transfusion associated graft versus host disease, which relates to the potential sharing of HLA-haplotypes by the donor and patient.
It is not advisable for women of childbearing age to receive blood from their spouse or his relatives as this could lead to a blood group incompatibility that can affect the safety of future pregnancies.
Download registration forms
For red cell and plasma designated donation enquiries please contact Sr Tania Parman, WCBS Specialised Donations Supervisor.
Sr Tania Paarman: Telephone +27 (0)21 507 6393 | Email Tania@wcbs.org.za
For HLA-matched platelet designated donation enquiries please contact Kay Abrahams, WCBS Apheresis Supervisor.
Kay Abrahams: Telephone +27 (0)21 507 6395 | Email Kay@wcbs.org.za