Am I left alone while blood is being drawn?

No. A nurse is always within earshot and able to see you.

Will I feel “funny” during donation?

Some people have described a “strange” sensation during donation. There is also a possibility of feeling faint, in which case we stop immediately.

How long will my body take to replenish the donated blood?

The human body replaces the blood volume (plasma) within 24 hours. Red blood cells are replaced by the bone marrow within three to four days. The lost iron is replaced after about six to eight weeks.

How much blood is drawn?

You will donate approximately 475ml of blood.

Does blood donation hurt?

No. The simple finger-prick test and the needle insertion may cause a little bit of discomfort, but it should not be painful during the donation process.

What if my blood iron levels are low?

You can easily fix this with an iron supplement or a healthy iron-rich diet. If your results reveal that you are anaemic, your results and advice on further treatment will be posted to you.

How long does the donation process take?

The entire donation process takes about 20-30 minutes, questionnaire and pre-examination included. The actual donation takes only ten minutes.

Can I donate while pregnant?

No. Pregnant or nursing mothers should not give blood until six months after the baby's birth or three months after the baby is weaned.

Can I donate during my menstrual period?

Yes, if you are feeling well.

What about racial profiling?

There has never been a policy of racial profiling in the Western Cape. We collect and distribute blood/blood products without discrimination. As long as people conform to donation criteria, we will accept them as donors.