Media Fact Sheet

WESTERN PROVINCE BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE (WPBTS) FACT SHEET:

Who are we?

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a non-profit, independent organisation operating throughout the Western Cape. We work without prejudice to supply safe blood and blood products to all communities in the region, from Cape Town all the way up to George. It’s our goal to be the benchmark transfusion service in South Africa.

At what type of clinic venue do you prefer to donate blood?

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Blood and Blood Products for Non-clinical Use

The WPBTS firmly upholds its core function to provide an adequate supply of safe blood and blood products to meet the transfusion needs in the Western Cape, and the rest of the country if there is surplus. Beyond this, we may provide blood for non-clinical use to university affiliated research institutions/departments, testing laboratories and private life science companies/institutions on request. The blood volume requirements for non-clinical use are minimal. WPBTS adopts the following ethical protocol for the provision of blood and blood products for non-clinical use.

How often do you donate blood outside the Western Cape?

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Life Blood:

WPBTS shares its latest news and information with blood users in Life Blood Issue 29 that is available via the latest news link.

Blood Collection Monitors/Mixers:

WPBTS implements blood collection monitors and mixers that provide better quality blood products and a more comfortable donation experience. 

Platelet Additive Solution:

WPBTS introduces Platelet Additive Solution for pooled platelet products that have numerous benefits to the patient. 

Molecular Genotyping:

WPBTS implements molecular genotyping that assist with finding blood for problem crossmatches and the Rare Donor File. 

Congress:

The recently held 34th South African National Blood Transfusion Congress was a huge success and has been applauded as the best Congress to date.