Haemovigilance Report:

WPBTS and SANBS’s reporting of adverse blood transfusion/donation events in South Africa is available in the latest SA National Haemovigilance Report (2014), on the haemovigilance information page. 

Customer Satisfaction Survey:

WPBTS is conducting its annual customer satisfaction survey for blood users. To participate in the survey visit the Life Blood Newsletter Edition 26, on the latest news page.  

Where do you think most of the blood we collect is used?

Accidents, trauma and Casualty departments
68% (319 votes)
Childbirth and gynaecological cases
6% (30 votes)
Surgical and orthopaedic cases
10% (48 votes)
Medical cases (e.g. treatment of cancer or blood diseases)
15% (71 votes)
Total votes: 468

How many donations did you make during 2015?

Not a donor
14% (44 votes)
One
16% (49 votes)
Two
16% (50 votes)
Three
15% (47 votes)
Four
20% (63 votes)
Five
10% (31 votes)
Six
8% (24 votes)
Total votes: 308

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.

What/ who inspired you to become a blood donor?

A family member.
31% (53 votes)
A friend/ colleague.
14% (24 votes)
I know/ knew someone who needs/ needed blood.
9% (15 votes)
WPBTS came to my school, tertiary institution, place of work, etc.
33% (55 votes)
I passed a clinic and thought I would give it a try!
13% (22 votes)
Total votes: 169

What/ who inspired you to become a blood donor?

A family member.
25% (1 vote)
A friend / colleague.
0% (0 votes)
I know / knew someone who needs / needed blood.
0% (0 votes)
WPBTS came to my school, tertiary institution, place of work, etc.
50% (2 votes)
I walked passed a mobile blood collection unit and thought I would give it a try.
25% (1 vote)
Total votes: 4

What is the WPBTS policy regarding malaria and malaria areas?

If you have visited a malaria area, you will only be able to donate blood four weeks after leaving that area. Also, if you have any symptoms suggestive of malaria infection, you cannot donate blood for three months after the start of those symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with malaria, you will not be able to donate blood for three years from the time of complete treatment and recovery.

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