Urgent call for Blood Donors

Blood Donors

Urgent call for people to donate blood. Donating a unit of blood can save up to 3 lives of those patients are in dire need of blood. By becoming a regular blood donor, this ensures that the safety of blood is maintained and makes it possible for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) to collect sufficient safe blood to meet the demand.

SANBS personnel take the necessary safety measures to ensure that you don’t get a transmissible disease by donating blood. We use new, sterile and disposable equipment (blood bags, tubes and finger prick needle and other needles) for each donation. SANBS is a non-profit organization and therefore, ownership of its assets does not vest in its members. In the event that SANBS should stop operating, its assets would have to be transferred to an organization with similar goals and objectives.

Group O blood Facts
Group O blood can usually be given to patients of other ABO blood groups regardless of their blood type, as the red cells in type O blood have neither antigen A nor antigen B. Group O negative blood then comes to the rescue, as it can safely be transfused to patients of other blood groups. Babies born with blood disorders may also require immediate blood transfusions in order to save their lives. In some cases difficulties may occur in determining the blood groups of these infants. Group O blood is therefore important in supplying this ongoing need. Babies also need “fresher” blood than other patients. While red blood cells stored for up to 42 days can be transfused to most adult patients. Only blood less than five days old may be used for transfusion to newborn infants, or in exceptional cases when babies require transfusions wile still in the womb (intra-uterine transfusion). Group O blood is often in greater demand than other blood groups, which is why South African National Blood Service (SANBS) encourages Group O blood donors to donate regularly.

Fixed Donor Site closest to Elardus Park:

Faerie Glen Donor Centre
Atterbury Value Mart Shop 5
Atterbury Road
Faerie Glen

012 991 5059

Mondays – Fridays
10:30 – 16:30

09:00 – 13:30

Contact Details for SANBS:




0800 11 90 31

Categories: Donate Blood | SANBS

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