Blood and Blood Products for Non-clinical Use

The WPBTS firmly upholds its core function to provide an adequate supply of safe blood and blood products to meet the transfusion needs in the Western Cape, and the rest of the country if there is surplus. Beyond this, we may provide blood for non-clinical use to university affiliated research institutions/departments, testing laboratories and private life science companies/institutions on request. The blood volume requirements for non-clinical use are minimal. WPBTS adopts the following ethical protocol for the provision of blood and blood products for non-clinical use.

How often do you donate blood outside the Western Cape?

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Life Blood:

WPBTS shares its latest news and information with blood users in Life Blood Issue 28 that is available via the latest news link.

Blood Collection Monitors/Mixers:

WPBTS implements blood collection monitors and mixers that provide better quality blood products and a more comfortable donation experience. 


WPBTS introduces Platelet Additive Solution for pooled platelet products that have numerous benefits to the patient. 

Rare Donor:

WPBTS implements molecular genotyping that assist with finding blood for problem crossmatches and the Rare Donor File. 


The recently held 34th South African National Blood Transfusion Congress was a huge success and has been applauded as the best Congress to date.

When would you prefer to receive reminders about upcoming clinics?

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How often does low iron prevent you from donating blood?

47% (83 votes)
Once a year or less.
18% (32 votes)
Two or three times a year.
20% (36 votes)
Four times a year or more.
8% (14 votes)
7% (12 votes)
Total votes: 177