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

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Cross-match Testing:

WPBTS introduces the electronic cross-match system that improves turnaround time in its Blood Banks.

Transfusion Transmitted Disease (TTD) Testing:

WPBTS in collaboration with Roche Diagnostics launches its highly customised testing platform that improves processing times.

How many donations did you make during 2015?

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Marketing Campaign:

WPBTS introduces its Patient Blood Management Awareness Week Campaign to assist clinicians with their transfusion decisions.

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

Paternity Testing Service:

As of the 30th of October 2015 the WPBTS has terminated its Paternity Testing Service and has referred testing to private pathology laboratories.

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.