Many of us are gearing up for the festive season which is upon us.  We are planning our routes and filling up our vehicles to take on the long roads.  We can’t wait to arrive at our favourite place of relaxation to just kick back for a few days with friends and family.  The Blood Service, however, will be entering one of its most difficult collection periods.

Blood stocks levels in the Western Cape tend to decline during the festive season due to our regular clinics, such as corporates and factories, being closed over this period.  Even for regular blood donors it might not be top of mind and they might not know where they can go to donate during holidays.

We would therefore like to appeal to all holiday makers and all our regular donors to find a blood donation drive near your holiday destination.  To aid the search we have launched our WP Blood app to make finding a venue easier for everyone.  The app can be downloaded for free on all iOS and Android app stores.

Blood donation takes 30 minutes of your time every 56 days.  It requires you to be between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh over 50kg, be in good general health and lead a safe sexual lifestyle.  It does not cause you any bodily harm, since only 475ml of blood is taken, which is replaced within 24 hours.

For more information, SMS “Blood” to 33507 and WPBTS will call you back with information on where to donate.  Donors can also call (021) 507 6300, e-mail or visit  Like us on Facebook (WP Blood) or follow us on Twitter (@WPBlood) for interesting facts and blood stock updates.

The Service wishes to thank all our blood donors for your support during 2017!   We hope that you enjoy the festive season and remember that the best holiday drive this season will be a blood drive!