Blood Drive – 27 August 2021

Gardens Watch invites you to get involved with our blood drive in association with the Western Cape Blood Service and Paddy’s Service Station

Date: 27 August 2021

Time: 10:00am to 2:45pm

Address: Paddy’s Shell Service Station at 130 Buitenkant Street, Gardens

  • Are between the ages of 16 and 75.
    You can still donate if you’re over 74 and are otherwise healthy, but we’ll need your physician’s consent. Read more about our Senior Citizens programme.
  • Weigh at least 50kg.
    Blood volume is measured in relation to body weight; a small framed person has less blood volume than a bigger framed person. The donation of 475ml will therefore be a much bigger blood volume loss for a small framed person than for a bigger framed person and it would therefore not be safe for people under 50kg to donate.
  • You are medically healthy.
    Blood from a sick or medicated donor could impact negatively on the recipient. You will not be able to become a donor if you had jaundice or hepatitis after the age of 13, or if you’ve had cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, or a bleeding disorder. If you have questions about specific medications, you might be taking, contact our Medical Sister.
  • Lead a safe lifestyle.
    Things that are considered risky include drugs, multiple sexual partners, and tattoos or piercings done in the past three months. For your own safety you won’t be able to donate blood if you are a competitive sportsperson training for a big event, or are involved in a hazardous occupation.
  • Are committed to helping others.
    Simple as that.
  • Don’t meet our basic donor criteria.
  • Have been in contact with a person diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 or returned from international travel in the last 28 days. For more info about Coronavirus/COVID-19, please view this page.
  • Visited a Malaria area during the past 28 days. If you are unsure, please view the Malaria Information Sheet here.
  • Haven’t eaten something three to four hours before giving blood.
  • Have any infection (even a cold!) – you need to be symptom-free for at least seven days.
  • Are being treated with antibiotics – you must wait at least seven days after finishing treatment depending on diagnosis, as some infections require longer deferral.
  • Have had major surgery within the past three months.
  • Are expecting to have surgery within six weeks.
  • Are pregnant, or gave birth in the past three months.
  • Breastfed your baby within the past month.
  • Returned from a malaria area within the past month.
  • Have had sex with a new partner within the past three months.
  • Have had more than one sexual partner in the past three months.
  • Have had sexual contact in the past three months with someone whose sexual background is unknown to you.
  • Suspect that there’s a chance you may have contracted a sexually-transmitted disease such as HIV or syphilis.
  • Are aware of the fact that you have contracted a sexually-transmitted disease such as HIV or syphilis.
  • Are taking certain medication or have had any serious illness. Please discuss this with the sister on duty or call us and ask to speak to the Medical Officer or Head Sister.

Here is the questionnaire that you can either bring along or fill out onsite.