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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.

Welcome to our new website

WPBTS is very excited to launch our new and improved website!

Following a process of assessing, designing, evaluating and testing, we are proud to announce that the new WPBTS website went “live” on 06 July 2015.  The aim of the new website is to become an interactive platform for users. 

The Western Cape celebrates National Blood Donor Month and World Blood Donor Day

Annually during June, South Africans celebrate National Blood Donor Month, while countries worldwide celebrate World Blood Donor Day on 14 June. 

Worldwide the theme for World Blood Donor Day is “thank you for saving my life”.  This theme focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their selfless act of donating blood.  The aim is also to encourage more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. 

2015 Blood Donation Challenge

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! WPBTS wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2015.

 
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 we need to do to reach these ideals.