Blood obtained through designated donation is more expensive than voluntary blood. There is no charge for the blood itself, but donors are charged for the donation procedure, testing, cross-matching and delivery.
You might also be charged extra if we have to obtain and transport blood from relatives outside of the Western Cape. And lastly, all charges are billed – whether the transfusion takes place or not.
If you’re a woman of childbearing age, designated donation from your husband and his relatives is not advised. There’s a lot of science involved, but in short it boils down to the fact that it could affect the safety of future pregnancies.
A friend or family member may also not donate if they have:
Designated donation requires quite a bit of planning. Before the transfusion takes place, we’ll first need to obtain, test and process the required number of units. If you’re a willing donor, then you'll also need to fulfil the full health criteria expected from regular donors.
Like autologous donation, designated donation can be used as an alternative to volunteer donor blood, but is only permitted for elective procedures. It can also be used on its own or in combination with your own blood.
Autologous donation is more expensive than receiving regular transfusions. Although there is no charge for the blood itself, donors are charged for the procedure, testing, cross-matching and delivery.
Unused autologous donations are not automatically absorbed into the general reserve. That is, unless the donor is a regular donor, has donated up to 12 months before, and fulfils our donation criteria.
Even if a doctor’s recommendation is obtained, we still reserve the right to not accept donors who we believe are unfit for donation.
The biggest benefit of autologous donation is that you’ll receive your own blood, and that it will be available if needed. There is also no risk of adverse reaction as a result of incompatibility or picking up possible donor infections.
Going under the knife? If your doctor or surgeon foresees the need for donor blood, you could consider autologous donation. Pregnant women may also donate autologously provided there are no complications during the pregnancy.