Register to become a blood donor this June

Cape Town - 13 May 2019 - The Western Cape Blood Service has provided the Western Cape with sufficient safe blood for more than 80 years. Donors and recipients are a priority whilst they manage the entire process of blood collection, component processing, testing, storage and distribution. They use the latest technologies and research to ensure blood product safety, and to excel in the science of transfusion. Each year they collect more than 165 000 units of blood that are used to save or improve the lives of more than 495 000 people. The quality management system ensures that they maintain consistently high standards of service. The organisation operates according to strict standards based on those of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). Western Cape Blood Service has a blood bank at Groote Schuur Hospital where a donor is receiving a blood transfusion. One unit of blood, which is 300 to 360ml of blood takes aproximately three to four hours to run its course. Sister Alfreda Queensy assists the patient. - Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

During June the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) celebrates National Blood Donor month, with Friday June 14 being World Blood Donor Day.

The theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Safe Blood for All”. “This theme highlights the fact that safe blood is needed not only world-wide but also right here in the Western Cape,” said Michelle Vermeulen, spokeswoman for WCBS. “We have about 6 million people living in the Western Cape and around 75% of this population will need blood or blood products in their lifetime, yet only 1.5% are blood donors,” she said . If you are between 16 and 75, weigh more than 50kg, are healthy on the day of donation and lead a safe sexual lifestyle, you should be able to donate blood.

Visit www.wcbs.org.za, call 021 507 6300 or you can SMS Blood to 33507 to find out where to donate.