There are essentially two types of platelet products i.e. platelets that are harvested by apheresis technique and platelets that are derived from individual random whole blood donations that are pooled into one bag.
We have 97 emergency blood banks, situated throughout the Western Cape Region of South Africa, thereby ensuring the availability of Group O blood, when there is no time to wait for blood to be cross-matched. The emergency banks are situated in hospitals that do not have a Blood Bank on site and at some Blood Banks, keeping emergency blood.
Therapeutic phlebotomy is available for individuals who have been diagnosed with Polycythaemia or Haemochromatosis who may choose to have their phlebotomies performed by the Blood Service.
What is therapeutic phlebotomy?
Individuals may require therapeutic phlebotomy if their body produces too many red cells or absorbs too much iron. It is similar to regular donation, except that the clinician has prescribed it as a form of medical treatment. It’s safe, inexpensive and monitored by trained medical staff.
The WPBTS is dedicated to providing the safest blood products and services to the community. We also respect the fact that individuals may prefer to receive blood from donors who they know. That is why we offer the service of designated donation, which is the opportunity to use compatible blood from a family member or friend.