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Save lives by donating blood

Instead of giving up a bad habit this year, the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is asking people to give blood. Donating blood saves lives. It’s an easy resolution to keep and it is easy to get started.

The SANBS needs to maintain a blood stock level of five days at all times by collecting 3 000 units of blood per day to meet the demand of the thousands of patients who are reliant on blood transfusions for their survival.

Every 35 seconds, someone in South Africa needs a blood transfusion.

The SANBS is encouraging those who have never donated a unit of blood to embark on the journey of saving lives and join the BE THE 1 donor movement today.

Regular blood donors are encouraged to continue giving the gift of life by donating blood four times a year.

Each donation takes only about 30 minutes and can save the lives of up to three people.

The donation process is simple. You will fill in a questionnaire concerning your health and lifestyle. We will then check your blood pressure and take a drop of your blood to make sure you are not anaemic and that it is safe for you to donate.

A qualified sister will do a short personal interview with you and if all is well, we will take your donation.

All equipment and needles are sterile, used only once and then discarded. After your donation, you can enjoy some cookies and juice.

Members of the public who meet the minimum requirements to give the gift of life by becoming regular donors are urged to visit us as soon as they possibly can.

Donate blood at the Blood Donor Centre at Checkers Kroonstad:

Mondays to Fridays: 10:00-18:00

Saturdays: 09:00-14:00

Target: 20 units of blood per day

To become a blood donor you must:

  • be between the ages of 16-65 years;
  • weigh more than 50 kg;
  • lead a sexually safe lifestyle;
  • be healthy on the day of donation; and
  • have eaten a good meal before donating.

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