Which type of clinic do you prefer to donate blood at?

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What do you think about this proposed change?

We are considering updating our name from Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS)

to Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS)

Great idea
42% (65 votes)
I already thought it was Western Cape Blood Service
10% (15 votes)
It makes sense, long overdue
10% (16 votes)
I don't mind either way
23% (35 votes)
Don't change the name
15% (24 votes)
Total votes: 155

Media Fact Sheet

Who are we?

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a non-profit, independent organisation operating throughout the Western Cape. We work without prejudice to supply safe blood and blood products to all communities in the region, from Cape Town all the way up to George. It’s our goal to be the benchmark transfusion service in South Africa.

How will Cape Town's Day Zero water crisis impact your ability to donate blood?

Severely.
7% (6 votes)
A lot.
11% (10 votes)
A little.
9% (8 votes)
Not at all.
73% (64 votes)
Total votes: 88

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?

Never, I only donate blood in the Western Cape.
84% (157 votes)
Occasionally, when I'm travelling and am due to donate.
4% (7 votes)
Equally, about as often as I donate inside the Western Cape.
1% (2 votes)
Often, I donate more times outside the Western Cape.
2% (3 votes)
Always, I only donate blood in other provinces.
2% (3 votes)
I moved from another province and only donate in the Western Cape now.
9% (16 votes)
Total votes: 188

Life Blood Issue 28:

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

Monitors and Mixers:

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

Platelet Additive Solution:

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

Molecular Genotyping:

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